Citroen's Daniel Sordo was left bitterly disappointed at the end of day two of the Acropolis Rally of Greece after he was forced out while in contention for the win.
The Spaniard, who had purposely slowed in the final stage on Friday, in order to ensure he would have a better road position today, was running just 3 seconds behind rally leader, Mikko Hirvonen, when disaster struck in SS9 and he hit a rock.
The incident occurred early on in the 24.15 km Kefalari test and the impact proved crucial damaging his car and forcing him out prematurely.
"We broke a suspension arm on a rock. It happened four kilometres in, in a very slow right-hand corner," he explained back in service at Loutraki. "The rock was hidden in the grass and I hadn't seen it during the recce.
"It broke a ball joint: we could have repaired it but we'd have lost too much time.
"I'm really disappointed because everything was in place to take our first win in the World Championship. I really felt I could have won here.
"The team will repair the car now so I can restart tomorrow under the SupeRally ruling. We can still score some useful points for Citroen in the Manufacturers' championship."