Subaru's Petter Solberg finished the second day of the Rally d'Italia Sardegna in sixth place overall, but he was a disappointed man as he was unable to match the pace of the front runners.

Petter was right in contention on Friday on the first loop until brake problems dropped him back in the afternoon. He was therefore hoping to put in a charge today and try and make up some places.

The Norwegian though was ultimately disappointed and while his times were better in the afternoon, he slipped further and further behind Sebastien Loeb, ending the second day more than 3 minutes adrift.

"We're on course to finish in the points tomorrow, but generally it's been a difficult day in which I haven't been able to push as hard as I wanted," said 'Hollywood'. "We got off to a great start yesterday, and set some excellent times, but today the car became very difficult to drive and I simply couldn't attack.

"We're trying everything we can to make it better, and I can change my driving style to get around the problem to some extent, but when I'm doing that I can't push hard enough. It's a very tough situation for all of us in the team, but the engineers are working flat out - and I'm confident they will find a solution soon."

Subaru World Rally team managing director, Richard Taylor meanwhile agreed that the lack of pace was a real concern: "We're happy that Petter is still on course to score points, but having been on the pace with Seb (Loeb) and Marcus (Gronholm) for most of Friday, it was disappointing not to be challenging right at the front today," he added.

"The changes we made for this morning's loop did not have the effect we anticipated, so for this afternoon's tests we moved back towards the set-up used on leg one. Clearly there is more to do, but we'll work hard to find a good set-up for the final six stages tomorrow."

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