Skoda have confirmed that Alex Bengue will not re-start the second leg of the Rallye Deutschland Saturday, despite the fact the Frenchman's Fabia WRC suffered only minor damage following his off in SS3.

Skoda boss, Martin Muehlmeier explained that with the Rallye Deutschland being so unique, there is little to be gained, in his view, by taking advantage of the SupeRally format.

"We had hoped for a good result from Alex so it was disappointing to lose him through a small driving error," he stated.

"He will not continue in SupeRally as the roads here are not typical of the other asphalt events in the championship and so it will be better to save the car and use it for a more realistic test later in the season."

Bengue spun his Fabia into a vineyard near the end of the 20.48 kilometre Schones Moselland 1 test. However he was not able to regain the road, despite the help of several spectators.

"I am really upset at my mistake," he said. "We cut a hairpin near the end of the stage and the bank on the inside pushed the car into a spin. We ended up in the vineyard with a very steep slope back to the road. The spectators tried to help but it was too steep and we had to stop. The car was completely undamaged and we drove it back to service ourselves."

This was Bengue's first outing in the WRC with Skoda since the Monte Carlo Rally back in January, when he finished ninth overall.



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