Hyundai debutant Bryan Bouffier has retired from day two of Rallye Deutschland after hitting a hinkelstein in SS14.
The incident happened around 28 kilometres into the long 42.51 km Panzerplatte Lang 2 test, the final stage of the day. Bouffier and co-driver Xavier Panseri were both unharmed. It has yet to be confirmed if he will be able to re-start on Sunday under Rally 2.
Bouffier had been running ninth overall in his i20 WRC and was even second quickest in SS12, the shortened run through Peterberg 2.
“It's been a tricky day for me, and I am disappointed we weren't able to complete the final stage," he said. "This morning, we faced some difficult conditions, particularly in the Panzerplatte. We expected wetter conditions so opting for the softer tyre was perhaps not ideal. The car performed well all day and I was building confidence despite the slippery conditions at times.
"I was pleased to set the second best time in SS12, particularly as the rain came down at the start, but the big disappointment was in the final stage. Unfortunately, we made contact with one of the famous Hinkelstein rocks and we weren't able to carry on. The team will have to determine later this evening if we are able to rejoin under Rally 2 tomorrow.”