Evgeny Novikov admitted he was to blame for the incident that saw him crash out of Wales Rally GB on the third day.

The M-Sport driver had been embroiled in a heated battle for fourth place with fellow Ford man Mads Ostberg and the VW of Andreas Mikkelsen when he went off the road in the first run through Dyfi.

Unable to return to the road, the Russian was forced to withdraw from the day but aims to be back in action under Rally 2 on Sunday.

"We will have to have a look at the video but I am almost certain that it was my mistake from the recce," he said. "It was a very fast place on a flat-out downhill section where you are right on the rev-limiter. Then there was a crest and a right-hander in fourth or fifth gear. In my pacenotes I had some distance before the corner where I could brake, but at high-speed, that distance was not there.

"I understood straight away that we were too fast and that we would not be able to stay on the road. I put the car sideways to kill the speed, and that was that. We only rolled once, but the main impact was on the front of the car.

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"It is a shame of course because we had some very good speed this morning and were feeling really comfortable in the car, but that is just the way it is."