WRC GB: Hirvonen's co-driver Lehtinen says crash his fault

Mikko Hirvonen's co-driver Jarmo Lehtinen has admitted their early exit from Rally GB was because of his mistake

WRC GB: Hirvonen's co-driver Lehtinen says crash his fault

The Finn failed to call a complete pace note, causing their sixth-gear crash on Myherin on Friday morning.

The factory Citroen DS3 WRC is not expected to restart for Saturday.

"It was my mistake," said Lehtinen. "I can't explain why, but I do know what happened.

"We have a long flat-right tightens into medium-right and what I said was: 'Long flat-right right tightens...' And then after a while I thought: 'F***! I didn't say it until the end'.

"So I said it then, but we were already rolling by then.

"Sometimes in normal life you want to say yes and you say no, it's this kind of thing. I don't know what happened. I can't explain.

"We should have been in fifth gear for the corner, instead we were on the wrong line in sixth."

Lehtinen praised Hirvonen for his reaction to the crash.

"As soon as I got out of the car I said this was my mistake, but Mikko said: 'Hey, come on how many mistakes I have done...'

"This says something about our relationship, big respect for him."

Citroen also lost Robert Kubica's car to a Friday morning accident, while its other driver Dani Sordo had a five-minute penalty pre-rally for using a ninth chassis. The Spanird ended leg two in ninth.

* image courtesy of William Jones

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