Former F1 driver Robert Kubica has made a good start on Rally Argentina and has concluded the first full day of competition in fifth place.
Kubica, who suffered his third retirement of the season in Portugal last month, has opted to change his approach for round five of WRC 2014
and so far it has paid off, with the Pole successfully completing all four of Friday's tests, unlike a number of his rivals, including M-Sport team leader, Mikko Hirvonen, as well as Mads Ostberg, both of whom crashed out in the first 'proper' test.
“If you consider how difficult these stages are and how little experience I have here, I think it has been a very good day,” said Kubica, who is just 0.2 seconds off fellow Fiesta RS WRC man Elfyn Evans in P4.
“The first stage [SS2 and SS4] in particular is very narrow and twisty and I know how difficult it is for me to drive with my limitations [a result of my accident in 2011]. It's really frustrating not being able to turn into the hairpins as cleanly as I would like, but there are some things that I cannot overcome and I know that on the tight corners I have to compromise to lose as little time as possible,” he continued.
“The priority is to finish and in that respect today has been a good day with some good driving.”
“Of course there are two very difficult days remaining, though, so we need to ensure that we continue like this,” he added.
M-Sport boss, Malcolm Wilson OBE, noted: “I'm really pleased to see a trouble free day from Robert. He's adopted a cautious approach whilst showing some good pace and it has paid dividends for him.
"If he continues the performance, he will be on course for a very strong result and a good platform to build on for the rest of the season.”