Volkswagen's Jari-Matti Latvala has retired from day one of Rallye Deutschland after suffering a gearbox issue in the very first stage.

Latvala was over a minute off the pace at the 11km split, before having to then stop around 2-3 km on. Volkswagen has confirmed he will now re-start on Saturday under Rally 2.

"The day came to a very early end for us - gearbox damage forced us to call it a day," Latvala confirmed later. "We are obviously very disappointed, but there is nothing you can do about it.

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"All we can do is carry on tomorrow under Rally2 regulations and try to score a few points in the Manufacturers' Championship. I will keep my fingers crossed for my team-mates. It is now up to them to produce the goods for Volkswagen."

Meanwhile, M-Sport's Eric Camilli also went out in Mittelmosel 1, with early reports suggesting he went off at a hairpin near the finish. Camilli and co-driver Benjamin Veillas both escaped unharmed.