Subaru boss, David Lapworth and his number one driver, Petter Solberg, were left frustrated and disappointed following leg one of the Rallye Deutschland Friday.

Solberg enjoyed a near perfect day, however despite his best efforts he was no match for the Citroens of Sebastien Loeb and Francois Duval - nor was he able to match the Peugeot of Marcus Gronholm.

He therefore overnights in fourth place overall, over 2 minutes off the lead and 1 minute off Gronholm, who holds the final podium position.

"It's frustrating that Petter is happy with the car and its balance, and has had a clean run and yet we are fighting for fourth rather than the lead," lamented Lapworth.

"At the moment we do not have an answer for the pace of the Citroens so we're going to be pushing to ensure Petter wins the battle with Markko [Martin]'s Peugeot and Toni [Gardemeister] in the Ford."

Solberg for his part added that while the Impreza feels good, the speed just isn't there to match the Xsaras.

"There have been no major problems today and I've had a good, smooth drive," he summed up. "The car has been good and I think we made the right tyre choices. We're not planning on making many big changes for tomorrow as the balance feels about right. It's a little frustrating that we cannot be further ahead, but I'm really trying."

 

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