Stephane Lefebvre has retired from day two of Rally de Portugal after hitting a rock and breaking a front suspension arm.
The incident happened in the opening test of the day, the 18.66 km Baiao 1 test, with the Frenchman stopping just 4.2 km in. Lefebvre had been running sixth overall in his Abu Dhabi Total WRT Citroen DS 3 WRC, 21.3secs behind Thierry Neuville in P5.
Meanwhile, Hyundai fourth driver Kevin Abbring, who re-started under Rally 2 today, also went out early in SS10 after hitting a rock. On Friday he had retired in SS3 after breaking a steering arm.
“It's obviously a disappointing way to end our first day of World Rally action since we took part in Wales Rally GB last November,” Abbring said on Friday
. “I am not so familiar with these stages and the purpose of me taking part in these next two rallies is to build my confidence on gravel. The conditions were OK and we were taking it carefully to ease ourselves into the rally.
“On SS3, in a left-hand corner, the surface was a bit sandy and we thought we would slide but there was more grip than expected.
"The car turned in more than planned and we touched a wall, which broke the steering arm. It took time to repair but we couldn't continue."