Rally Poland: Kubica knocks off a wheel in SS17

Disappointment for home star Robert Kubica as he goes out in SS17 of Rally Poland
Former F1 driver Robert Kubica has retired from day three of Rally Poland after taking the right-rear tyre off his Fiesta RS WRC car in SS17.

Kubica lost the wheel 3-4 kilometres into the repeat-run through the 14.41 km Stare Juchy 2 test. Kubica and co-driver Maciek Szczepaniak were both unhurt.

It has yet to be confirmed if they will be able to re-join on Sunday under Rally 2.

Kubica had been running in sixth place overall on his home event post-SS16, just 1 second behind his M-Sport team-mate, Mikko Hirvonen.

Speaking in the mid-day service - after SS15, he noted: “It has been a very unlucky morning, but you can look at it in two ways and say that it was also a very lucky morning.

“Towards the end of SS14 there was a marshal in the middle of the road slowing me down. I thought that there must be something bad up ahead so I slowed down for three or four corners but there was nothing. I started pushing again and then in a long corner over a crest I saw Daniel [Barritt, co-driver to Elfyn Evans] running to slow the other cars down.

“I lost concentration as I wasn't expecting to see him and clipped a stone – I think the same stone that Elfyn [Evans] must have hit. Fortunately we only had a puncture but as we had already had one puncture this morning [on SS12] and were only carrying one spare, it was a bit scary going into the last stage [SS15].

“I've never driven 15 kilometres on a flat tyre so I didn't know what to expect and how the car would feel. That was a new experience for me. I drove very safely and we lost a bit of time but it was OK.”

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Robert Kubica,  Maciej S zczepaniak (Ford Fiesta RS WRC, #10 RK M-Sport World Rally Team)
Robert Kubica,  Maciej S zczepaniak (Ford Fiesta RS WRC, #10 RK M-Sport World Rally Team)

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