Petter Solberg's hopes of securing the runners-up spot on the Acropolis Rally of Greece were hindered by a front-left damper problem in the final two 'proper' tests on Saturday.

Although the Norwegian didn't lose too much time in SS15, the next one proved more critical and he lost over 20 seconds in comparison to Sebastien Loeb, who demoted him to third.

Petter will now go into the final day 24 seconds adrift with it all to do. Despite that disappointment though, the Subaru driver remained upbeat and he hasn't given up on second.

"Without the damper problem this afternoon I think we could have had a much better result, but we are here, we are on the podium and from the point of view of the team and Subaru we can be happy with what has been achieved," he stated philosophically.

"Again we showed we have the performance to take on Marcus [Gronholm] and Sebastien and that's very important for the future. But this rally is certainly not over yet. I'm still going to fight tomorrow and as we saw this afternoon, things can change around very quickly."

Subaru World Rally team managing director, Richard Taylor meanwhile had mixed feelings, especially as Chris Atkinson also had problems in the sister Impreza and dropped from third overnight to sixth.

"It's been a fairly typical day on Rally of Greece and most of the leading competitors have experienced problems of one kind or another. It was as tough as we expected - Chris was slowed by a puncture on the first stage of the day, and Petter had to slow towards the end of the same stage when his visibility was obscured by dust. Then Petter experienced a broken damper near the end of the day, while Chris had a driveshaft problem which cost him quite a lot of time," explained Taylor. "Nevertheless we still have two cars in the points after two days of extremely challenging conditions.

"Before the rally we would have been very happy to be looking at a podium and a sixth place, but in light of the position we were in yesterday, we now feel slightly disappointed. That's a measure of the recent progress the team has made."



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