Petter Solberg suffered yet more bad luck in the penultimate round of the FIA European Rallycross Championship in Greinbach, Austria last weekend, but despite that remains positive - and believes it was actually his best showing so far.

After taking second last time in France, the 2003 WRC title winner was on form in his Citroen DS3 Supercar, and he put it on pole for the final after winning two of his heats and his semi-final.

However at the start of the final the car's engine stopped and any hopes of victory disappeared...

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"I was devastated, so extremely sad, when the engine stalled on the grid in the final," Petter said afterwards. "But I really can't do anything other than pick myself up again and try even harder in the next race in Germany [this coming weekend - September 21-22], which is also the final round.

"I know we have the speed. I was on pole in the final, and the car is very good as long as everything is running smoothly.

"But to be honest we also know that this electronic component failure has stayed with us all season, and it's doesn't seem possible to cure it before the end of the season. Instead we'll have to work hard to solve the problem over winter, in good time before the next season."

"Overall this weekend has been our best so far this season I think, even though we were second in France and third in Portugal," added the former columnist. "I think we were heading very much in the right direction to get that first win before we had a bit of bad luck again. But there's no point in getting upset about these things: you just have to focus on the positives.

"And the positives are that we have a great team, a very quick car, and we are getting better all the time," Solberg concluded.