Volkswagen's Andreas Mikkelsen admits he only has himself to blame after he crashed out of RallyRACC Catalunya - Rally de Espana on Saturday.

Mikkelsen, who was running third overall, went off the road near the start of SS12, hitting the barriers and rolling multiple times.

"We made a good start on stage 12, and decided to attack in a section with many similar, very quick right-hand corners. I was a little too cautious there in the morning. I simply approached the right-hand corner in question too fast in second gear. We drifted wide, hit the barriers and rolled," Mikkelsen recalled.

"Anders [Jaeger - my co-driver] and I are well, but obviously extremely disappointed."

Mikkelsen will now not be able to re-start on Sunday as his Polo R WRC was too badly damaged to be repaired with the materials available on site.

It means he will leave Spain with zero points, a situation that could end up costing him his second position in the Drivers' Championship.

"The battle for second place in the world championship is now wide open again," he conceded, "and we will have to be at our very best in the remaining rallies to achieve the goal we have been aiming for since the start of the season.

"We will work hard to make that possible."

Mikkelsen currently has 127 points on the board, 15 more than Thierry Neuville, who ended day two in third position.


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