Hyundai's Dani Sordo suffered his first retirement of the year on Rally Poland last weekend after a “weekend to forget”.
Sordo had struggled throughout the event, running 11th and just outside the points until SS19, when Stephane Lefebvre had problems and dropped back, caught out by the tricky conditions.
However, Sordo had his own problems in Sady 1, when he hit a hale bay, and although he could continue, with his mechanics making repairs in service, he went out for good in the very next stage - the penultimate one of the event - terminally damaging the rear suspension on his i20 WRC after making contact with a bank.
“It has not been a great weekend for me. It's disappointing to get my first retirement of the season so close to the end of the rally. We just had no luck,” Sordo said.
“The opening stage [on Sunday] was fine but in the second one [SS19, Sady 1] we hit the hay bales in the chicane, which caused some damage to the front of the car.
“The mechanics did a fantastic job to get me back for the second loop, but the heavy rain made conditions really difficult.
“I touched a bank about 3km into the repeat Baranowo stage [SS20] and the contact damaged parts of the rear suspension.
“We wanted to make sure that we didn't slow any of the cars behind us and we took the decision to return to the service park at slow speed to avoid causing any further damage to the car.
“A weekend to forget.”
The result sees Sordo drop from second in the Drivers' Championship to fifth, equal on points with Jari-Matti Latvala, but behind as Latvala won in Mexico and was second in Sardinia.
It also ends Sordo's run of four fourth places – and his run of 11 points' finishes stretching all the way back to last year's Rallye Deutschland.