Jari-Matti Latvala has vowed to stay positive and 'concentrate on what lies ahead' after his bitterly disappointing exit from Rally de Portugal on Friday.

Latvala had been battling for the lead and going into SS5, the first test this afternoon, was only 0.4 seconds behind Volkswagen team-mate and rally leader, Sebastien Ogier. However around halfway through the repeat-run through Silves 2, he hit a deep hole and his Polo R WRC was pitched up into the air and into a roll.

"It is obviously a real shame that I was unable to convert our good performance here into a top result," Latvala lamented. "The fourth stage in particular was very good, and we were second overall. Because it had rained an awful lot over the past few days, the road conditions were difficult to judge - we opted for a cross-over of hard and soft tyres.

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"[Then this afternoon] I had more understeer than expected in a left-hander [in SS5] and had to take a wide line. When I then got back on track, I hit a deep hole on the right-hand side, which threw the car into the air. We were on two wheels for a moment, before hitting a bank and rolling.

"It is obviously disappointing, but it is not the end. We must put this kind of set-back behind us and concentrate on what lies ahead," he underlined.

Volkswagen Motorsport Director Jost Capito added: "Jari-Matti had just about moved ahead of S?b [on the times] when a slight mistake [in SS5] cost him.

"However, we will try to put his Polo R WRC back together for tomorrow now, in order to score as many points as possible in the Manufacturers'."