“I had noted an apex to be taken in a corner, and it ended in a roll. We were able to restart but the car was damaged. In addition to the superficial damage, we no longer had power steering. The windscreen was broken and we lost our rear wing. I'm really very disappointed.”
Petter Solberg was next up and fourth. He ended the event with a flourish, winning the Power Stage and taking the 'Abu Dhabi Spirit of the Rally' award for his 400th stage win on Friday. However he had mixed feelings and was still disappointed to have lost so much time when his power steering failed at the end of the second leg.
“I'm so happy about finally getting that Power Stage win. That was good fun, and a real bonus for me but of course, at the same time I'm a bit disappointed about not being on the podium,” 'Hollywood' confirmed. “We had the chance, and without the problem yesterday evening, I am sure we would have been in a real fight for the win today.”
Further back Mads Ostberg completed the top five for the M-Sport Stobart Ford team, albeit over 4.5 minutes adrift.
Local ace Federico Villagra came in sixth on home ground for the Munchis team, while Jari-Matti Latvala re-started today under the SupeRally and took P7.
“It was a big disappointment to lose the lead yesterday,” Latvala noted. “It was a frustrating weekend because I hoped for much more from the final result. I had good pace on both the asphalt and the gravel sections. But sometimes my gravel speed was inconsistent. When I pushed too hard to find extra speed I slid sideways and lost time, so I need to drive more smoothly.”
Britain's Matthew Wilson slipped back to eighth today, losing six minutes in SS16 when his engine swallowed water at a river crossing.
PWRC runners Hayden Paddon and Patrik Flodin completed the top ten - the former finishing over 7.5 minutes up on his Swedish rival to claim the Production victory.
Of the rest Ken Block was 18th in his Monster WRT-run Fiesta RS WRC, getting to the end thanks to the SupeRally. He had been as high as ninth until a broken front driveshaft put him out on Saturday in SS11.
The WRC now heads to Greece for the Acropolis Rally in a few weeks time, which runs from June 16-19.