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WRC Rallye Deutschland: Two stage wins please Kubica

Transmission issue sidelines former F1 driver Robert Kubica on final day of Rallye Deutschland
Former Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica may have had to retire from Rallye Deutschland last weekend due to a transmission issue, but he still took some positives from the event, not least two stage wins.

Kubica made a mistake early on when he went off in in SS3 and lost over 4 minutes . However he showed good speed after that, winning SS7 and SS12 on Saturday, as well as posting two other top-ten times, to move back into the points.

Unfortunately, though, he was not able to finish after his Fiesta RS WRC car got stuck in third gear on the liaison section to the opening stage on Sunday.

“Rally Germany ended too soon for us. Just before the first stage [on the final day] the car stopped and I suspect it was a gearbox problem as we were stuck in third gear," Kubica said.

"It's a pity, but that's how motorsport is sometimes – sometimes you make a mistake, and sometimes the car breaks down.

“Up until that point it was going quite well - except for our little off on the first day. I was especially happy with my second pass of Panzerplatte [SS14], a very specialist stage that is different to any other. Even though the times were not excellent, I was happy with my driving in there. And of course it was nice to take two stage wins away from this weekend.”

“Robert had a very good day on Saturday and drove well,” added M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson. “To come back from Friday's disappointment and set fastest times is a big boost for him.

“Of course we've had a favourable road position, but to do what he did in such difficult and testing conditions – all credit to him.”



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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)
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)
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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Cobalt

August 27, 2014 10:29 PM

I am not sure what is going on, how Kubica can win some stages then be quite slow. And this is not about making mistakes, all split times were slow. One stage faster than Ogier next stage slower than Prokop. It should have been a great day, two stage wins!!!

DafyddLarcombe

September 02, 2014 1:46 PM
Last Edited 47 days ago

Again, I don't Rate the Guy very highly at all He got out classed by Evans and shown how to do the job Ok you could argue that Evans was so Good on his WR Car Ashpalt Debut that he also Out classed his Multiple WRC Rally winning and Hugely experienced Team mate Mikko Hirvonnen Malcolm thinks very Highly of Kubica, but I just don't see the Potential in all honesty. I can see way more potential in Elfyn. Personally, I would be looking very closely at Pontus Tidemand to fill Mikkos empty seat next year, not potentially Kubica (should mikko leave and Meeke is not available) Finally no one has given Essapekka Lappi a lucky WRC Break yet, I have always seen him as a potential WRC works driver at some point



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