Torsby, Sweden: Reigning world champion Sebastien Ogier crashed out of contention in the Rally of Sweden on Friday.
The French driver, who won the season opener in the hills around Monte Carlo, left the road after 16 kilometres of the 24.8km second special of the day and ran his Citroen into a snow bank.
Ogier had been seventh in the day's standings at the time, 33sec behind Finland's Jari-Matti Latvala.
"I just hit a bit a snow bank and got stuck. Nothing really bad but there was no spectator at all and that was it," tweeted the six-time world champion as he lamented the absence of help from fans on the stage who could have helped muscle the car out of trouble.
"I guess we won't be able to do much for the rest of the weekend. At least this morning was a good loop and I had fun."
Ogier will resume Saturday in the Rally 2 race.