Andreas Mikkelsen will play no further part in day two of Rally Finland after losing a wheel on the penultimate stage.

The Norwegian had been running in the top six overall after the completion of SS13, but exited Lankamaa 2 minus the left rear wheel on his Volkswagen Polo R WRC. He insists that there was little warning, and definitely did not make contact with anything solid during the 23.66km run.

"I hit nothing," he claimed as he surveyed the space where the missing wheel and damper should have been, "There was a small vibration and then, two kilometres from the end of the stage, it went. The wheel just fell off, I don't know [what happened]."

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