Hyundai Motorsport pilot Dani Sordo has retired from day two of Rally Argentina in the final test of the leg.

Sordo stopped around 4 km from the start of SS10, the repeat-run through San Marcos-Characato, due to electrical problems. He later left the stage by an access road before again coming to a halt.

The Spaniard had been running fourth overall - and after setting the second best time in SS8 had reduced the gap to Jari-Matti Latvala in P3 from 30.7s overnight to 14.1s.

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"Obviously it is a very disappointing end to what had been a very strong day for us," Sordo said. "We started this morning with the objective of pushing to continue the momentum we built up yesterday afternoon. I was very happy and the balance of the car was fantastic.

"We didn't push too much in the opening stage of the morning to save the tyres but SS8 was really good. We were here today to push for the podium but unfortunately we picked up an electrical problem in the final stage.

"On a positive note, I have had a lot of confidence in myself in this rally which is good for the final two stages tomorrow."

Sordo is now expected to re-start on Sunday under Rally 2, albeit now down in eighth position.

Hyundai boss Michel Nandan added: "Dani had been on a strong run throughout day two, showing competitive pace in the #8 Hyundai i20 WRC, and fighting for a podium finish. It was therefore a shame for him to experience an electrical problem in the final stage of the day, forcing him to retire from such a strong position.

"We are going to examine the car back at service to see what went wrong and we hope he can return to the rally on Sunday."