Mikko Hirvonen's hopes of overhauling Sebastien Loeb to reclaim the lead in the World Rally Championship standings appear to be over in Jordan after the Ford driver was forced to retire on the first stage of day two.
Hirvonen went into the second day running in fifth place but clipped a bank shortly after the start of stage eight and was sent off the road into a bank on the opposite side – breaking the left front suspension.
With his wheel hanging off the car, Hirvonen had no option but to retire from the day, although he hopes to return under SuperRally for the final day.
"I made a silly mistake and I can't believe it," he said. "The stage was going well when I took too tight a line over a crest. The car hit a small gravel bank on the inside of a right bend and the impact threw it into the air and across the road. I was lucky not to roll but it landed on the left front wheel and the front left suspension broke. I so rarely make a mistake, I'm disappointed."
Hirvonen's Ford team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala continues to lead the way although Loeb is now up to second after setting the pace through stage eight – moving him ahead of Sebastien Ogier.