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Kubica: Portugal pretty positive for me

Robert Kubica: For my first gravel rally, I think I have shown good pace on the stages where I didn't have any problems
'Pretty positive' and 'a useful learning experience', is how Robert Kubica assessed his outing on Rally de Portugal last weekend.

The event was a step into the unknown for the former F1 winner, and in addition to being his first ever gravel rally, it was also his first run in the World Rally Championship.

Despite that he performed strongly on the opening day in his Citroen DS3 RRC car and was second in the WRC2 class until two punctures prevented him from completing the leg and taking in the short Lisbon Super Special.

Kubica then rejoined the fold on Saturday under the Rally 2 regulations, but was slowed by hydraulic issues that stopped him using the semi-automatic shift on the gearbox, and eventually forced him out again on the repeat loop in the afternoon.

The Pole returned though on Sunday and the final day went more smoothly, allowing the 28-year-old to rack up useful miles, and he eventually brought his car home in 19th place overall and sixth in the WRC2 class, scoring eight WRC2 points. All in all it was an impressive performance and while he had a few moments [see video below], he still set a number of good class times – including four top-two times and six top-three times.

“The last ten days spent in Portugal have been a very useful learning experience,” Kubica replied when asked about the event. “Overall, it has been pretty positive, although we have been a bit unlucky at times.

“For my first gravel rally, I think I have shown good pace on the stages where I didn't have any problems. I have found a lot of answers to the questions I had a few days ago.

"If we were to re-run the rally in a few weeks time, I'd obviously be better equipped. So that augurs well for the rest of the season.”

“The most important thing for me, however, is to manage to correlate what I see in recce with what happens in the race,” he added. “The course this weekend was very technically demanding, so that will be useful for the coming rallies. But I am already aware that none of the rallies will be easy.”

Kubica is now considering taking part in the SATA Rallye Acores later this month, the next round in the European Rally Championship, which is also on gravel and also in Portugal.

After that his next run in WRC2 is likely to be the Acropolis Rally of Greece, which runs from May 31st to June 2nd.





Related Pictures

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Robert Kubica (POL) Naciek Baran (POL), Citroen DS3 RRC
Robert Kubica (POL) Naciek Baran (POL), Citroen DS3 RRC
Robert Kubica (POL) Naciek Baran (POL), Citroen DS3 RRC
Robert Kubica (POL) Naciek Baran (POL), Citroen DS3 RRC
Robert Kubica (POL) Naciek Baran (POL), Citroen DS3 RRC
Robert Kubica (POL) Naciek Baran (POL), Citroen DS3 RRC
Robert Kubica (POL) Naciek Baran (POL), Citroen DS3 RRC

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olek135i - Unregistered

April 15, 2013 10:19 PM

That tree didn't stand a chance! You think that is going to stop Robert?! He goes through barriers and lets his arm get lopped off. What can you say, the guy is fearless. What made him great in F1 will help him in WRC (before all the naysayers start yapping he wasn't great, he podiumed in his third appearance in F1, had the only win for BMW team, and led the chapionship in Montreal). Hope he becomes a champion. To paraphrase the late/great James Hunt "it takes big balls". Robert has them. Naprzod Robert!

cobalt - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 12:05 PM

That was good fun, my first full rally weekend. Live timing is great but there should be some more TV coverage as well. 8 points on gravel debut is very good. I hope rally Azores will happen.



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