The all-new Proton Satria Neo Super 2000 of Mellors Elliott Motorsport, making its Intercontinental Rally Challenge debut on this weekend's Belgium Ypres Rally, has been denied an opportunity to restart for today's action.
The team was hopeful that Guy Wilks and Phil Pugh would be able to run untimed through today's final ten stages in order to gain invaluable testing miles on the promising new car.
Having been in 12th place before an accident on the penultimate stage of day one, the MEM crew made the necessary repairs but it was not possible for the organisers to allow the Satria to join the remaining 59 cars (from the 73 that started yesterday) to tackle today's marathon 10-stage charge to the finish.
"It wasn't easy out there," Wilks said. "We had a lot of small issues with the car, which can only be expected, such as the temperature warning alarms going off which was very distracting.
"Because it's such a new car we've also had to run without the optimum gear ratios as they haven't been homologated yet, so the acceleration that's in the car hasn't been translated into the times."