Citroen number two driver, Daniel Sordo was forced out of the Acropolis Rally of Greece on Saturday, when he suffered transmission problems in the third test of the day.

Sordo had been running fourth overall at the time comfortably ahead of BP Ford's Mikko Hirvonen. However it all went wrong for the Spaniard in the 10.80 kilometre Agia Triada 1 test, when he was forced to park his C4 WRC.

"Coming out of a right-hand corner, I wasn't able to select a gear," he explained. "I'm so disappointed - for Citroen first of all, because I was hoping to score a good result for the team, but also for myself of course.

"I take comfort however in the stage times I succeeded in posting this weekend though and also from the fact that I was able to mix it with the best of them on gravel and keep up with the leading pack, which is important for the loose surface rallies still to come. I just hope I'm a little luckier next time out."

Citroen team boss, Guy Frequelin wasn't very pleased to see Sordo go out, but he was quick to praise the Spaniard, who set a number of good times on Friday and early on today, prior to his exit.

"Sadly, Dani's good run wasn't rewarded but his times confirm the progress he began to show in Argentina and then again in Sardinia," stated Frequelin. "He is still young and needs to gain more experience but he has shown that he can take the fight to his far more battle-hardened rivals, and that's exactly what I've been expecting of him."

For the record, Sordo wasn't the only 'works' retirement, as Munchi's Ford number two driver, Federico Villagra was also forced out, when he had clutch problems after SS10. It is not yet known if either of these two drivers' will be able to re-start on Sunday under the SupeRally. If they do Sordo will re-start from 31st position and Villagra from 40th.



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