Mads Ostberg suffered more bad luck on Rally Argentina on Thursday when he was forced to retire in SS4 after incurring damage to the suspension on his Fiesta RS WRC.
The Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team man had been running fifth overall following the first loop, but hit an unsighted rock some 15 kilometres into the second pass of Santa Catalina / La Pampa' [SS4]. The impact broke a steering arm and although he made repairs, he eventually had to call it a day.
The Norwegian will now restart under the Rally 2 regulations on Friday, having dropped to eleventh place.
“We went into a right-hand corner and there was a very big stone on the inside of the line – I didn't even see it, I just hit it in the 'rut' and it took the bolt from the steering arm off and that was it,” Ostberg explained. “We fixed it on the stage, but we couldn't repair it properly so we decided to stop and not risk any further damage.
“We had made some changes after service and up until the incident, our pace was really good. I was feeling a lot more confident than I was this morning so it was really disappointing that the day had to end the way it did.
“I think eighth place is definitely possible, but as we have seen today a lot can still happen. Let's just wait and see what tomorrow brings.”
Qatar M-Sport team principal, Malcolm Wilson added: “It's not been the best of days. Mads was struggling this morning, but we made some changes in service and his pace was looking really good."
“Unfortunately he damaged the suspension on SS4, but his pace was promising and a lot can still happen,” Wilson summed-up.