The day came to a premature end for Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN). Running third at the time, they skidded too far off line in a left-right combination on stage five, “Caseres”, and damaged their suspension. Latvala/Anttila will return under Rally 2 regulations on Saturday.
Jari-Matti Latvala, Volkswagen Polo R WRC #2
“We found our rhythm very quickly today and underlined this with two wins on stages three and four. Unfortunately, our fightback then came to an abrupt end. We got a bit off the line in a left-right combination and damaged the suspension. We tried to repair it, but it was impossible to continue. That was it for today. It is bitterly disappointing, but there’s nothing we can do about it now. We will come back tomorrow and try to score as many points as possible towards the Manufacturers’ Championship.”