Citroen's Mads Ostberg has confirmed that an error in his pace notes was ultimately responsible for his exit on day two of Rally Mexico.

Ostberg had been running second overall after a fantastic performance on Friday in his Citroen DS3 WRC car. However in the opening test on Saturday, the 30.33 km Ibarrilla 1 stage, he hit a bank just 200 metres shy of the finish.

Although the Norwegian was able to continue - and still posted the fifth quickest time - the impact broke part of the suspension and while he tried to make repairs before the next test, using 'a Viking fix', he ended up running out of time.

Ostberg will now re-start on Sunday under the Rally 2 regulations, albeit having dropped to eleventh, over 8 minutes off a place in the top-ten.

"I was pushing on the first stage [of the day - SS12]. Shortly before the finish, there was a quick section ahead of a braking point for a right-hand bend. My pace notes weren't right. I didn't brake hard enough, so we carried too much speed and hit a bank on the outside of the corner as we exited it," explained the former columnist back in service.

"We managed to finish the stage but the suspension was too damaged to be able to continue. We worked as hard as possible to carry out repairs but we just didn't have enough time to make it to the start of the next stage," he added.

Citroen team boss, Yves Matton stated: "Mads' strategy was to drive at a strong pace in order to consolidate his second position [and stay ahead of Jari-Matti Latvala]. Unfortunately, an ill-judged pace note means his name has been added to the long list of drivers caught out at this Rally Mexico. Although he tried to repair the damage, he was unable to continue. He will rejoin tomorrow now under Rally 2 rules to prepare for the next round of the WRC in Portugal."



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