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Kubica shifts focus to Portugal, keen to learn lessons from Gran Canaria
25 March 2013
Robert Kubica has said he will concentrate all his energies on Rally de Portugal now following his retirement last weekend on the Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Ingles.
Kubica stole the headlines on the opening day in Gran Canaria and annihilated the competition in his Citroen DS3 RRC, winning all eight stages to head into the second and final leg over a minute up on Jan Kopecky.
Sadly, however, the Pole's great run came to an end in the second test on Saturday, when he went off and clipped a barrier.
His performance, however, still earned him the prestigious 'Colin McRae ERC Flat Out Trophy' and while the former F1 ace was disappointed not to get the job done, he is already looking ahead now to his debut outing in the FIA World Rally Championship, where he will compete in the new WRC2 class.
“We were on a quick downhill section, about five kilometres from the end of the stage, when we braked a little bit late on a right-hand bend,” Kubica recalled. “We lost the rear of the car and we hit the safety barrier.
"The rear left was the first to hit the barrier. The impact spun us around and we couldn't regain control of the car which then hit the same barrier on the front left-hand side of the car, and this time the damage was more significant.
“Of course, I'm disappointed, we had a perfect first day and then we have crashed out of the rally. I only have myself to blame. I have to try and learn the lessons for the next time. My focus is now on Rally de Portugal, which is due to start in two weeks time.”
Citroen boss Yves Matton meanwhile was again impressed with how the Pole performed even if the end result was disappointing.
“Robert has put in a great performance this weekend and has shown that he has real potential on tarmac. He came here mainly to acquire experience. He wasted no time at all in getting to grips with the DS3 RRC and establishing himself as the leader. He now has to learn about an aspect of rallying which is different to what he knows from track racing - being able to adjust your pace when driving on stages for the first time.
“Once he has taken this element on board, he is going to be one of the most formidable drivers in his category,” Matton predicted.
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