Multiple WRC champion, Sebastien Loeb has admitted that it was his fault he crashed out of the Acropolis Rally of Greece this morning in the opening stage.

Loeb, who had ended Friday's opening leg in third place, 21.1 seconds off Mikko Hirvonen in P1, went out 8 kilometres into the 17.25 kilometre-run through Klenia Mycenae 1.

The Frenchman rolled his Citroen C4 WRC several times in the incident and while he and co-driver, Daniel Elena both escaped unhurt, the car suffered heavy damage. He will not be able to re-start under the SupeRally on Sunday.

"I took a right-hander a bit too fast. We got through the corner, but we weren't on the correct line for the next left-hander," he explained. "We hit a stone at the apex which ripped off a wheel and sent us into a series of barrel rolls on the other side of the road. We rolled five or six times at high speed.

"There is no chance to fix it for tomorrow - the car's too badly damaged to restart."

Despite his early exit however, Seb was philosophical about the off. Indeed whatever happens this weekend he will go to the next event in Poland in two weeks time still top in the championship, as he currently enjoys a 17-point advantage over Mikko Hirvonen.

"The main thing is that neither of us [myself or Daniel Elena] was injured," he added. "It's a shame to lose so many points in the championship and of course, this is a great loss for us, but we still are on top of the championship.

"Mikko [Hirvonen] lost points in Argentina. It was just my turn to make a mistake.

"Now it is going to be harder to go for the title."