Novikov's team-mate, Ott Tanak also failed to finish. He had been running fourth until he crashed in the final test on Saturday. Although he rejoined and finished in ninth, he was withdrawn after the event to allow the team to fit replacement parts for the next asphalt rally in France in October.
Martin Prokop was another retiree, going no further than SS3 after his car caught fire, while Paulo Nobre went out in SS9 and Peter van Merksteijn Jr rolled it in SS12.
The WRC now heads to Wales in a few weeks time, with Rally GB running from September 13-16.
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