Solberg out

Disaster for Petter Solberg in La Pampa 2

Ford's Petter Solberg has had to retire from the opening day of Rally Argentina after breaking a steering arm in SS4.

Solberg, who had been leading by just over 20 seconds, was force to stop about 6 kilometres from the end of the 37.51 km La Pampa 2 test. Although he tried to make repairs, he was unable to fix his Fiesta RS WRC car in sufficient time. It is now thought he will re-join the action on Saturday under the Rally 2 regulations.

Mikko Hirvonen meanwhile takes over at the top of the leaderboard post-SS4 after Solberg's woe. Hirvonen is 12.3 seconds up on his Citroen team-mate, Sebastien Loeb, who was quickest on the repeat-run through La Pampa 2.

Dani Sordo is third, 5.4 seconds further back, followed by Thierry Neuville and Mads Ostberg.

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Petter Solberg (NOR) Chris Patterson (GBR), Ford Fiesta WRC, Ford World Rally Team
Petter Solberg (NOR) Chris Patterson (GBR), Ford Fiesta WRC, Ford World Rally Team
17.01.2012- Petter Solberg (NOR) FORD FIESTA, FORD WRT
17.01.2012- Petter Solberg (NOR) Chris Patterson (GBR) FORD FIESTA, FORD WRT

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nb - Unregistered

April 27, 2012 7:41 PM

It's like a curse you know - Petter always hitting trouble while leading. It's very disappointing no matter him or car to blame. I still believe he's good enough to battle with Loeb and today maybe the only one (except Ogier for sure, but he's riding Fabia)

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