The Citroen Junior Team endured a disappointed second day on Rally Argentina after both Conrad Rautenbach and Sebastien Ogier were forced to retire.
The pair had gone into the second day running outside the points in ninth and tenth, but Rautenbach's challenge came to an end on SS12 when he was involved in an accident that damaged a suspension wishbone on his C4 WRC.
On safety grounds, the Zimbabwean won't restart on Sunday under SupeRally.
“We were approaching a corner on a long downhill section,” he said. “I took a line that was a little bit too tight and unfortunately we hit a rock on the inside. The steering was damaged and the car spun. We tried to carry on but a few hundred metres later, we hit a narrow bridge.”
Ogier had continued with a steady, if unspectacular, run in ninth place but on SS16 – the repeat run through the stage that has claimed Rautenbach earlier in the day – he succumbed to damper problems that had started close to the end of the previous test.
“A damper had let go just before the finish of SS15,” he said. “We didn't hit anything, I think it was just the inevitable consequence of the strain they were subjected to on these very rough roads.
“We tried to carry on, but it was pointless to risk damaging the car further by continuing at slow speeds.”
Ogier is set to restart on Sunday.