Petter Solberg endured double disappointment on the final day of Rally Argentina after being forced to retire from a podium position on the fifth round of the WRC season.
Solberg had found himself embroiled in a five-way battle for the lead during the opening day on Friday, but a series of small problems on Saturday saw him fall away from the leaders.
Despite that, the Norwegian found himself well placed in fourth going into the final day, and soon moved into a podium position when Jari-Matti Latvala ran into problems on the first stage of the morning.
However, Solberg's quest for a second podium finish of the year at the wheel of his Citroen Xsara ended on the following stage, when a loss of fuel pressure left him with no option but to retire.
“This was not what we came here for,” he said. “We were third, and I intended to keep that position, but then we lost the fuel pressure; 5kms before the finish line it all stopped.
“There was no fuel pressure at all, and there was nothing we could do about it. We had no other choice than to retire.”
Things then got worse for Solberg on his return to service when the team discovered that a briefcase belonging to team manager Ken Rees had been stolen – with the case carrying team documentation, plans, a laptop, money and a passport.
“What a day,” Solberg concluded. “First we got ripped off from our third place, and then we got robbed.
“When you travel around the world like we do, the briefcase is your office and losing that is a disaster. The money can be replaced, but can you imagine all the work hours that briefcase contained.”