Dani Sordo says he was "unlucky" to have to retire from Rally Italia Sardegna following Friday's final stage.

Sordo had been running fourth in his Hyundai i20 WRC, but reported issues in SS9, which turned out to be a broken rear anti-roll bar. He then had an impact in SS10 and lost the left rear wheel. He was able to complete the test, but the damage meant he had to retire afterwards, dropping him down to P19.

"The day was going quite well until the very last stage," Sordo lamented. "It wasn't ideal to start the day with the ten seconds time loss [due to a jump start penalty in Thursday's short super special] but we put that quickly behind us and focused on pushing through the nine stages.

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"We were in the fight, more or less, and we could find some good pace from the car and ourselves. Our start position was good and that helped a bit in the morning loop but we still had to make the right tyre choices.

"The afternoon started fine but in SS9 - Grighine Nord 2 - something felt strange with the car and it was moving around a lot, it turned out we had a broke rear anti-roll bar. We lost some time but kept going.

"Then, in the final stage, we were a bit unlucky because we had a contact and lost a wheel. We made it to the stage-end but had to retire due to the damage incurred.

"It was a very frustrating end to what was a positive day for me and the team up to that point but we'll re-join under Rally 2 on Saturday and see what can be achieved."

Speaking after re-starting on Saturday morning, Sordo added: "I am very disappointed with what happened on Friday. It was a stupid mistake.

"Thank you to the team for the work they did..."