Dani Sordo admitted he was disappointed at only finishing tenth on Rally Germany after falling victim to the challenging Panzerplatte stage.
The Prodrive man had been running as high as third at the wheel of his MINI John Cooper Works WRC before a puncture on the first run through the 46km stage on Saturday saw him drop more than two minutes.
Worse was to follow on the second run through the stage however when he went off and hit a hinkelstein – forcing him to retire from the second day.
Although he rejoined for the final day under the Rally 2 regulations, Sordo admitted he was disappointed not to be able to secure a better result to show the speed of the car, although he said there were plenty of positives to be taken out of the weekend.
"I am very disappointed, because we were going so well before the puncture and after that we were in sixth and didn't really have anything to fight for,” he said. “The car was good, but certainly not having a safety note crew affected us as I did not have so much confidence. Still I think we can improve the car further and with more luck get a much better result in France."
Team principal Dave Wilcock agreed with Sordo that it was a weekend of mixed emotions when it came to the performance and the end result.
"We came here believing we had the pace to get a podium and by Friday evening and Saturday morning we were demonstrating that,” he said. “However, everything changed on Panzerplatte with the unlucky tyre deflation then Dani's off, and after that it was damage limitation. While I am clearly very disappointed with the result, I am pleased with the pace we have shown.
“We can now focus on preparing for Rally France in six weeks comfortable in the knowledge that we continue to have the pace to compete at the front."