Petter Solberg Rallye Deutschland Petter Solberg is expected to return to Rally Deutschland for Sunday’s third and final day, following his retirement from the event on the Panzerplatte stage on Saturday.

The 37-year-old was running a comfortable second when he crashed, damaging the right-rear of his car.

Ford team principal Malcolm Wilson said he was disappointed by Solberg’s retirement, but added that stopping the Norwegian quickly saved the car and made a Sunday return possible.

“I don’t know how much damage has been done,” said Wilson, “but they have slid into something and damaged the right-rear of the car.

“It sounds like they broke all the rear suspension, so if they got out of the stage it was unlikely they would have got to service. This way we are hopeful of getting the car out for tomorrow.

“We wanted him to keep the pressure on [rally leader Sebastien] Loeb, but there was no reason to take any risks. It’s very frustrating and disappointing.

“We have had a very good package here, but it’s been the same story all season: the car’s had the pace [to win], but then there’s a disappointment.”

Solberg’s team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala continues to run in second in the sister Fiesta RS WRC.


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