Petter Solberg was left to rue numerous delays after only managing a fifth place finish on the latest round of the WRC season in Germany.
Solberg had hoped to challenge Sebastien Loeb for victory on the asphalt event, but hit a myriad of problems at the wheel of his privately entered Citroen C4 which ultimately dropped him well out of contention.
Two punctures on the opening day saw the Norwegian drop out of contention for victory although he managed to climb up the order on the second day – picking up two stages wins along the way.
Despite suffering clutch issues on Sunday morning, Solberg was able to battle to the finish in fifth place to secure ten vital championship points.
“It has been an incredible rally,” he said. “It's just too bad that we lost so much time on Friday with the punctures. But the stage win on Panzerplatte Saturday feels so good, as well as the two stage wins we had today.
“The car works extremely well, and has been perfect, although I must admit the clutch gave us some excitement today. But we made it all the way in to parc ferme before it gave up, and that gave us ten important points in the championship.”