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Aava blows it in penultimate stage.

Citroen privateer Urmo Aava missed out on a certain points' finish on the Rally RACC Catalunya-Costa Daurada at the weekend after a mistake in the penultimate stage damaged his cars suspension.

Aava, who had been in the top-six throughout, was pushing to try and overhaul Petter Solberg on the final day and while he got in front of the Norwegian in SS16, a crucial error in the next test saw all his good work undone.

The incident occurred 8 kilometres from the end of the 26.51 kilometre Santa Marina 2 stage, when the Estonian slid off the road in his PH Sport-run C4 WRC. Although he managed to continue - he lost over 30 minutes and after limping through SS18, was well outside the top 30.

"I had more trouble in the last stage. I will try to get to the service now because something is broken," he said following La Serra d'Almos 2. "If I do, I will be happy with the result and the finish, as I already proved that I can set good times on tarmac."

Alas Aava was not able to finish and he was forced out on the road section back to service, joining fellow PH Sport-Citroen man and unofficial team-mate, Conrad Rautenbach on the sidelines.

Rautenbach meanwhile, who had been in eleventh, battling with Matthew Wilson, went out earlier on in the day, when he spun his C4 WRC car and hit a barrier in SS13.

"First thing this morning we were really having a go to beat Matthew. It was all working well when I went into a slow corner a bit too quick about halfway through," Conrad explained. "The car spun and I thought it would be okay. I thought we'd just bounce the back of the car off the barrier, but it pulled the front in and broke the lower arm on the front-right wheel. That was that. We were out.

"It was disappointing, of course it was. But the thing I'm focused on now is Corsica. Corsica is one of my favourites - it's a bit more twisty, more technical and really cool. We go there on the back of more time in the car on asphalt and with a good bit of confidence on board. In Spain the times were coming, now I'm going to build on that and see what I can do over there."


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