Volkswagen Motorsport II driver Andreas Mikkelsen says it was his own fault he went out early on day one of Wales Rally GB, the 2014 WRC season finale, as he was just a "little bit too optimistic on a crest and braked too late..."

Mikklelsen had been fastest in the shakedown on Thursday and was second quickest in the opening test. However he retired in SS2, the 21.90 km Dyfi 1 stage, when he went off and damaged the suspension on his Polo R WRC.

He will now rejoin the fold on Saturday under Rally 2, albeit well down and out of contention.

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"We were a little bit too optimistic on a crest and braked too late going into the following right-hand bend," the Norwegian confirmed. "I skidded into a ditch and damaged the suspension at the front right. A strut snapped in two, taking the full force of the impact.

"We were unable to continue, but it shouldn't be too complicated to repair during the service this evening. It's a shame since I would have been in with a chance of fighting for victory here in Wales. I'm very disappointed after this error, which could have been avoided.

"We will return under Rally2 regulations tomorrow and hopefully put on another good show for the fans," concluded the Norwegian.