Volkswagen has confirmed that a fuel supply problem was to blame for Sebastien Ogier's early exit from Rally Argentina on Friday.

Ogier, who won the short opening super special on Thursday night, stopped 7 km from the end of SS2, the long 51.99km Agua de Oro-Asochinga test, when his engine dropped to three cylinders.

The Frenchman, who was bidding to win his sixth event in succession this weekend and extend his 34 point championship lead, was philosophically about the failure.

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"Everything was running completely as usual until the start of the morning's first stage. Then - after just ten kilometres - we suddenly had a drastic loss of power and the engine did not sound as good as usual," Ogier recalled.

"Seven kilometres from the end of the stage we had to stop and park the car up. It is obviously a shame to miss out on the chance to win here. But that is part and parcel of motorsport.

"I cannot complain, as our team does an absolutely fantastic job and we have won every rally so far this year with the Polo.

"We were just unlucky this time."

Ogier will now re-start on Saturday - along with the likes of team-mate, Andreas Mikkelsen, M-Sport's Ott Tanak and Hyundai's Hayden Paddon.

Ogier is currently classified 34th under Rally 2, over 30 minutes off the leader and over 20 minutes off a place in the top-ten.