Petter Solberg has increased his lead at the head of the World Rallycross Championship standings, despite missing out on a final berth in Canada for the first time since the start of 2014.

The Norwegian was tipped into a spin at the start of the semi-final and couldn't recover, ending a run of 14 straight final appearances.

Despite this, with closest title rival Johan Kristofferson also failing to progress, Solberg leaves Canada having extended his advantage ahead of his home event in Norway.

"Watching the final from the sidelines was too tough. I can't let that happen again. Even though we truly lost this race, I extended my lead in the FIA World Rallycross Championship by two points, so it really wasn't all bad.

"I started the semi-final from second position and made it into the first corner in first place - but then I was pushed from behind and forced into a spin. I was able to continue, but the chance of keeping up my record of making the final for every World RX round ever was gone. That was a tough one, especially as I was the only driver ever who held this record.

"So, we were out of luck in Canada, which is disappointing, but we're already plotting our comeback at the next round.

"It's Norway for the next race; I'm going home and I'm totally focused on getting my revenge in two weeks!"