It was a disappointing second day for WRC contender Mikko Hirvonen as he was forced to retire from the Wales Rally GB after SS7 (Dyfnant 1).
The Finn, who drives for the Ford Abu Dhabi team had trailed rival Citroen’s Sebastien Loeb by eight points ahead of this weekend.
Hirvonen’s retirement means that the Frenchman will pick up his eighth consecutive World Championship at the end of the weekend with the leader board unable to catch-up on points.
Speaking at the Builth Wells service park this afternoon Ford’s Gerard Quinn said they were “bitterly disappointed” at the retirement.
Tomorrow sees the remainder of the competitors take on the Hafren, Myherin and Sweet Lamb stages. The tournament finishes on Sunday afternoon in Cardiff Castle.
DAY THREE INTERVIEW: Gerard Quinn of Hirvonen disapointment and Latvala hopes: