New Renault F1 driver Robert Kubica has seen his challenge on the Monte Carlo Rally come to an end after less than ten kilometres of the event.

Kubica had entered the opening round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge at the wheel of a Renault Clio R3 but was forced to stop during the opening 8.83km prologue stage on Tuesday evening after suffering engine problems.

The Polish driver had hoped to start the opening special stage on Wednesday under SupeRally rules but was forced to retire from the event when it became clear that the issue couldn't be resolved without the need to tamper with sealed elements of the engine.

Kubica's run in the IRC season opener comes ahead of former Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen making his move to rallying this season with the Citroen Junior Team in the World Rally Championship.

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