Anton Alen insists he is still in contention for the Intercontinental Rally Challenge crown despite failing to score on the two events held so far this season.

Alen failed to finish in Monte Carlo after suffering clutch failure on his Abarth Grande Punto and then rolled out of the Rally de Curitiba last weekend while trying to fight back from suspension damage that had earlier seen him lose seven minutes.

However, the young Finn said he was happy with the pace he had shown so far this year and was now hoping to benefit from a strong road position on his next outing on the Azores Rally to try and make up some of the ground lost.

"Before the problems in Brazil I had a good feeling with the car and things were going well," he said. "Yes it's disappointing that we didn't finish but I am happy with the speed that I had.

"I will have a good road position for that event [the Azores], similar to Juho Hanninen in the factory Skoda who I am sure will be very strong on gravel. That will help and also the fact my co-driver Timo Alanne has competed on the event before."