Robert Kubica insisted he was happy with his first three stages in a full-blown WRC car after coming through the opening tests of Wales Rally GB unscathed.

Having joined the Abu Dhabi Citroen Total WRT for the weekend, the former F1 man headed into the three night stages on Thursday evening focused on bringing his car back to service without any issues ahead of the six stages that will take place today.

With a new co-driver in the shape of Michele Ferrera following Maciek Barran's decision to retire, Kubica had to contend with the challenge of dealing with a new pace note system as well as the dark conditions, but brought his car back to service in a solid eighth place.

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"It wasn't the easiest start as I've only done one night stage on gravel before," he told Crash.net, "and it was tricky with the lights as the car is quite soft and the lights are never in the right place - they were low on braking when the front end dipped down.

"I have a new language and new co-driver this weekend but we did out best and when we felt comfortable, we pushed more and when we weren't confident we eased off a bit. It is more difficult in the dark to have a new co-driver as you can't see the reference points you would have in the day, and my system is also new for Michele. It wasn't always perfect and we both have things to learn, but we've done a good job so far.

"The aim now for Friday is to have a clear and smooth day with no problems."