Petter Solberg has admitted he is lucky to have survived the opening day of the Acropolis Rally, having damaged the underside of his Ford Fiesta RS WRC during the second run through the Drossohori test.
The Norwegian paid tribute to the strength of his car after the underside suffered a heavy impact with the road surface in what the 2003 world champion described as the most surprising moment of his life.
Arriving in service in Loutraki on Thursday evening, Solberg told AUTOSPORT he'd genuinely feared he would be forced to retire from the event.
"The propshaft's like a f*****g banana!" said Solberg. "I can't believe how strong this car is - it's fantastic! I have never had such a big surprise or such a shock moment. The car was fine and then suddenly we were on our nose – watch the onboard, it'll be incredible. I thought that could be it, though.
"When we had such a vibration from the prop, I didn't think it would be possible – but it was and we set a fastest time."
Ford team principal Malcolm Wilson said: "When I saw the pictures of the damage, I thought there was no chance the car would make it back here. It's amazing."