Stobart Ford's Henning Solberg had been confident of putting in a strong performance on the Acropolis Rally last weekend, but an incident on day two put pay to that.

The Norwegian, who was fifth at the end of the opening leg in his Focus, despite set-up problems, was only 20 seconds behind Sebastien Ogier after SS8. However his challenge was brought to an abrupt halt in the next test, Kefalari 1, when he hit a rock and damaged his suspension.

The accident occurred near the start of the 24.15 kilometre test when he moved to the inside of a right-hand bend to avoid the stricken car of Dani Sordo.

Henning was not at all happy and felt his Spanish rival should have phoned through to warn the following drivers'.

"I'm very disappointed. We stayed out of trouble all day yesterday so I'm really cross that this happened on just the third stage of the day," confirmed the Expert-backed man.

"We were forced too far to the inside of the corner as someone was warning us about Sordo's car which we couldn't see stopped around the bend. It's very, very frustrating..."

Henning meanwhile was able to re-start on day three under the SupeRally and while he did score a few manufacturers' points and topped the times in SS14, with the time lost on Saturday, he ended up 15th overall.

"This has not been one of my best rallies for sure. We have struggled all weekend with the feeling and set-up of the car and it was hard to be able to push, especially when these stages are so difficult," he continued.

"Obviously we had good road position for day three and that helped us get the fastest stage time, but we need to work on improving the feeling with the car for the next rally in Poland in two weeks time.

"I'm still the top non-factory driver in the championship though and we still got points here for the Stobart team so it's not all bad."


Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register to add your comment