Solberg Laments 'Scary' Accident

Subaru driver Petter Solberg described his accident on SS8 of Rally Finland as "very scary"

Solberg Laments 'Scary' Accident

Solberg dropped to fifth overall after the nightmare stage, the second running of the 13.96-km stage of Mokkipera.

Solberg left the road and sustained rear-end damage to his Impreza, including the loss of its boot lid and rear spoiler.

The main implication of the damage was a lack of aerodynamic efficiency at the rear of the car, which contributed to a nose-heavy landing at a jump later in the stage, five kms before the finish line.

Upon landing, Solberg slid into a ditch, where the car continued along for more than 100 metres, collecting bodywork damage from rocks and trees.

The Norwegian re-joined the road and powered the battered Subaru across the line in the 15th fastest time, 20 seconds off stage winner Loeb.

Solberg told Autosport-Atlas: "I've been over that jump 15 times and never had a problem. It shows how much we need that wing. It was very, very scary."

After being in contention for victory early in Leg One, he now lies 52 seconds off rally leader Gronholm. The best he can realistically hope for now is beating Markko Martin to third.

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