Ford driver Martin Prokop became the latest casualty of Rally Finland after soaring engine temperatures forced him to relinquish a potential point-scoring finish after SS11.

The Czech had been holding down ninth position after the morning loop of four stages, but the re-run through Jukojarvi proved costly as his engine lost power early on. Although he nearly made it to the end of the stage, a lot of time had been lost, and with temperatures going through the roof, Prokop and his team decided that there was no point going any further in the event.

"We have no power from the engine - the temperature is 140?C!" the frustrated driver reported, having stopped 2km from the end of the run.

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There was better news for fellow Ford driver P-G Andersson, however, as, after a fraught morning - where a differential problem on the opening stage left him with two-wheel drive to the end of the loop - began to show signs of improvement.

"My car is finally working okay!" he enthused at the end of SS11, "This morning I couldn't drive at full speed, but I'm okay now."

After going through the stage 4.6secs faster than anyone else, Sebastien Ogier retook the lead of the rally from Mads Ostberg.