Stobart Ford's Henning Solberg has retired from day 2 of the Uddeholm Swedish Rally after an off in SS11.

Henning had begun the day in third, but slipped down to fourth behind his team-mate, Gigi Galli when he picked up a puncture near the end of Horssjon 1 and lost around 20 seconds.

The Norwegian was back on it in SS10 though and was third fastest as he tried to make up some of the time. Unfortunately however on the final stage before the mid-day service he ran into a safety barrier after getting too sideways on a fast left-hand corner 22 kilometres in. The incident damaged the front of his Focus RS WRC07 and he was forced out.

"I'm very, very disappointed we had started off well with some fast times but unfortunately I got too sideways coming out of a fast left-hand corner hit some railings and damaged the car quite badly," Henning reflected.

"I was pushing quite hard and had got into a good position so obviously it's been a bad end to the day for me."

Whether or not he will be able to re-start on Sunday under the SupeRally format is not yet known as his M-Sport mechanics have yet to fully inspect the damage.

More to follow later...


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