Hyundai tester Kevin Abbring says a pace-note error was to blame for his late exit from Tour de Corse - Rallye de France.

Abbring had been running comfortably fifth, 16.5s up on Citroen's Mads Ostberg, until he went off the road 11.6 kilometres into the penultimate test, the 41.46 km Zerubia-Martini stage.

His car was undamaged in the incident, but he was unable to re-join, bringing to an end an impressive run by the youngster in only his second tarmac event with the i20 WRC - and only his fourth in total.

"It was really disappointing to finish the rally with a retirement," said Abbring, who had ended day one in second place overall.

"I wanted to finish as high up the classification as possible, knowing that we were in a strong fight for the top-five. In SS8, my notes were simply too fast for one of the corners and I went off the road at the exit.

"I slid off-track a couple of metres down. Although the car was fine with no obvious damage - it was on its wheels leaning against a bush and we couldn't make it back onto the road.

"It is really unfortunate but on the positive side of things, we have shown good pace this weekend and had a strong run, so we have to capitalise on this in our next event, which will be Wales Rally GB [the 2015 WRC season finale]."


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