Andreas Mikkelsen says he is already fully focused on Rally Portugal after suffering a dismal weekend in Argentina.

The Volkswagen Motorsport II driver suffered a mechanical fault at the end of Friday's SS3 and after re-joining the race under Rally 2 regulations the Norwegian driver risked it all on the Power Stage on Sunday and crashed heavily.

The retirement ended his run of finishing on the podium at every World Rally Championship event in 2015 and Mikkelsen has now slipped behind Citroen driver and fellow countryman Mads Ostberg in the WRC drivers' standings into third place.

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"This definitely wasn't our rally," Mikkelsen said. "Tyre damage on Friday turned out to be a major problem, resulting in a damper breaking and then the servo pump. Hindsight is a wonderful thing - we should have changed the flat tyre on the stage."

"As a result, we had to really go for it on the Power Stage. I risked everything there today and had a good feeling after winning the previous stage on the same stretch of route. But I wanted it too badly, hit a rock and ripped off the rear tyre."

Despite his frustrations of missing out on the points in South America the Volkswagen Polo R driver is hoping to shake off the disillusionment and come back fighting in Portugal for round four.

"Obviously I am disappointed, as I had big plans and wanted to be fighting for the win here," he added. "But I will soon put it behind me and turn all of my attention to the Rally Portugal in four weeks time."