Petter Solberg has been forced to retire from a podium position during SS19 of Rally Argentina.

The former title winner, who was one of the stars of the opening day at the wheel of his privateer Citroen Xsara WRC, had moved into third place on the opening stage of the day following a fuel pressure problem for Jari-Matti Latvala, but then ran into a similar issue himself.

With the Xsara stopping in the stage, both Solberg and co-driver Phil Mills tried to get the car going again but were ultimately forced to retire with just three tests remaining.

"Petter has been driving his heart out this weekend and the podium was there for us," team manager Ken Rees told the official WRC website. "Petter and Phil tried everything they could to get the car going again, but there is only so much they could do.

"To have come such a long way to this event, and then stop like this 20km before the end is a cruel blow."

Henning Solberg now lies third following his brother's retirement.

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