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Solberg: It was flat out!

Petter Solberg left to wonder what might have been without Rally Portugal punctures
Petter Solberg was left to rue his problems on the opening day after finishing sixth on Rally Portugal, the third round of the 2011 WRC season.

Solberg saw his hopes of victory end on the opening day when no fewer than four separate punctures led to him retiring from the day and restarting under Superally on Saturday.

Although he would ultimately lead the way on six of the seventeen stages, the time lost on day one meant the Citroen driver was unable to climb any higher than sixth in the standings.

It meant the end result was one of mixed emotions, with vital points added to his championship challenge but also nagging questions about what might have been without the problems on day one.

“I have been going absolutely flat out for three days now,” he said. “The car is working perfectly and I could have done nothing more, so I have to be happy about the sixth and the points we now have in the championship.

“It's too bad about the Power Stage, but I had no chance as it was drying up for the guys who started after me. Again, we have proved that we have the speed, and if we hadn't been that unlucky on Friday with the four punctures, well, who knows!”



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