I don't know what happened, but from what I can gather was that they had to check up just right at the top of a dune and got stuck, got excited and blew up reverse (easy to do and ALWAYS the DRIVER'S fault). Locals pushed him back which as noted by Hogwild is ammo for a ruling against him. Being a full half hour behind after a 15 km stage is NOT good. It sets Rubby up for going bonkers and trying too hard, compounding his problems. The question is should Mini go ahead and protest the outside assistance now or wait to see if he starts to make up ground? I've got a feeling that they wouldn't DQ him, but assess a time penalty instead.
We'll have to see how long Carlos lasts. Rubby used to make a big deal out of winning the early short spectator friendly specials.
"I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it."