Citroen's Kris Meeke says he is “really disappointed” after going off in SS6 of Rallye Deutschland on Friday afternoon.
Meeke went into the second stage of the repeat loop fourth overall, 'best of the rest' behind the dominant Volkswagen's and 16.6s up on Hyundai's Dani Sordo in fifth.
However around half-way through Waxweiler 2, he got caught out in a slippery corner and ran wide into a field.
The off damaged part of the suspension and he then had to limp through the remaining tests of the leg, losing around ten minutes in total.
“On the second stage of the afternoon, there was some mud on a second-gear corner,” Meeke explained. “We slid wide in the middle of the bend and ended up in a field.
“It took me about thirty seconds to be able to get back onto the road. Once we were going again, I got back up to full speed.
“But four or five kilometres later, part of the front suspension broke under heavy braking. We then had to drive slowly to make it back to service."
"I'm really disappointed because our pace was good from the start,” added the Ulsterman, who was in need of a solid result after a string of bad events
Meeke now concludes the opening day in 25th position, over 7.5 minutes off tenth place, currently held by 'guest' team-mate and WRC car debutant Stephane Lefebvre. Regular team-mate Mads Ostberg is ninth in his Citroen DS 3 WRC.