Petter Solberg endured a trying end to his FIA European Rallycross Championship campaign after being forced to retire from the season finale at the Buxtehude circuit in Germany.
The Norwegian had gone into the weekend seeking to make up for the disappointment of the previous meetings in Austria, where an electrical issue left his car sidelined when the final got underway.
The former WRC title winner was the man to beat throughout the weekend in Germany, winning three heats to secure pole position at the wheel of his Citroen
However, despite a strong start when the lights went out, Solberg's hopes of completing his season with a win were ended when contact from behind put him into the barriers at turn one and forced him into retirement.
“I just can't believe it,” he said. “We had the best weekend of the whole year with three heat victories, a fantastic semi-final, the circuit record, pole position and a track that was really made for me and my driving style. I loved it and I knew that we had a really good chance this weekend. And then this takes place. I've just got no words for what happened. I haven't been this angry for years!”
With Timur Timerzyanov wrapping up the title ahead of Dave Jeanney and Timmy Hansen, Solberg had to contend himself with eighth place in the championship standings
“It's not just about the results: it's important to put on a really good show as well,” Solberg insisted. “We've tried as hard as we can all year, really given it everything, and you can't do more than that. Everything I do, I do with passion and more than 100 per cent commitment. But this has certainly been one of the biggest challenges of my career.”