Former F1 winner Robert Kubica took his third WRC2 win of the season on Rallye Deutschland this weekend a result that moves him to the top of the WRC2 Drivers' Championship. The Pole also finished a fantastic fifth overall.
Despite his inexperience, Kubica has excelled this season in the World Rally Championship and once again this weekend he was the man to beat in WRC2.
Indeed he led pretty much throughout in his Lotos Dynamic Rally Team-run Citroen
DS3 RRC, taking eight stage wins in total from a possible 15. That only tells half the story though, as Kubica had to fight off a determined challenge from Britain's Elfyn Evans and twice he was knocked down to second. The scrap between the two continued on the final day too, but at the finish it was Kubica that took the spoils, beating his rival by 12.9 seconds.
Speaking at the finish, Kubica revealed that he had been continually hampered by handbrake problems over the four days, something that makes his latest win all the more remarkable.
“It has been quite a good battle, although it wasn't an easy weekend for us,” he said. “We had a few issues on the car, with the handbrake. We did only three stages without any issue, which was quite disappointing. It is not easy to do the stages with a handbrake that isn't working properly.
“[Despite that, however], I had a good feeling in the car. Some stages were a disadvantage for us with the RRC car. Conditions weren't easy for us [either] and some stages were nothing like the other asphalt rallies I have done so far. In the tarmac rallies I did in Italy and France there was clean asphalt and no cutting in the corners. Here, it was quite a challenge.”
“[Overall] winning WRC 2 is nice, but fifth overall is even nicer,” he added.
Kubica now has 101 points on the board in total, 8 more than his closest WRC2 rival. So is he thinking at all about the WRC2 drivers' title now?
“As I have said before, I am not really looking for the championship," he reiterated. "My main goal is to gain experience this year. Maybe I carry on with rallying. If not, I spent a good year enjoying what I did and that's it.
“I don't now yet [what I will do in 2014]. In the past, I always liked to have a decision as soon as possible, because that gives you a good winter time and a chance to relax. Maybe I need one or two months more. [But] I'm not in a hurry.
"I have good opportunities in circuit racing, but there are also chances in rallying.”