Subaru's Petter Solberg has branded day 1 of the Rallye de France-Tour de Corse 'frustrating' after he stalled on the start line of the penultimate stage, something that meant he was unable to overhaul Francois Duval.

Petter finished the morning loop just 0.8 seconds behind Duval, despite struggling for grip in the first loop in his Impreza WRC car.

In the afternoon though he closed the gap to 0.2 seconds following SS4, before losing time at the start of SS5 - something which ultimately, in combination with a time that was 2 seconds slower than the OMV Kronos pilot in SS6, left him 5.3 seconds adrift.

"Today has been a bit frustrating as we have finished 5.3 seconds behind Duval in fifth place," said 'Hollywood'.

"I had a stall at the start of SS5 in which I lost six or eight seconds and we have had troubles with grip today.

"Still, we are in fifth overall after the first leg and close enough to fourth for it to be possible so we will keep pushing. We have won here in the past and hope that we can have a good result this weekend."

Subaru WRT team boss, Richard Taylor meanwhile was not happy with the team's performance and the pace of the Impreza, even though all three of 'his' cars ended the day in the top eight, with Chris Atkinson and Xavier Pons seventh and eighth in the #2 and #3 cars.

"We have finished today with all three cars in the points, but we are still not showing as much pace on asphalt as we had hoped for," Taylor admitted.

"Tomorrow's stages have a slightly different character, and the team will be pushing to make progress up the leader board."



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