Robert Kubica battled his way to ninth place and a couple of WRC points after recovering from damaged suspension on Rally Australia.

The rally started well for the Pole, who adopted a measured approach to try and gain maximum experience from the event's difficult speed tests. Having featured in the lower reaches of the top ten almost exclusively through the opening day-and-a-half, however, his fortunes took a sudden and unexpected dip when he crossed the line only 26th fastest at the end of SS12, the second pass through Valla, where he had previously clocked the tenth-best time in front of live television cameras.

"Okay, there was a mistake, but that was not a fault through driving," Kubica insisted, "I was distracted by [an FIA] warning light and it cost us quite a lot of time, but we made it to the finish."

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Despite losing time and damaging the rear suspension of his Ford Fiesta RS WRC, Kubica was able to get back to service, where the M-Sport technicians made a full repair, allowing the Pole to resume his rally with the loss of only two places.

Having dropped to tenth overall, Kubica was keen to claw back the deficit on the final day, as crews tackled two loops of three technically challenging stages in the forests north of Coffs Harbour. Again, a highly consistent approach paid dividends as, keeping his Fiesta firmly planted to the gravel, the F1 race winner was able to pick up one position on the penultimate stage, and cement ninth spot through the power stage finale.

"We've had a good weekend with some very good driving on these difficult stages," he reflected, "I think the biggest challenge was that the character of the stages was changing all the time, so that took a bit of getting used to but I think we did a good job.

"The most important thing is that I have enjoyed this event and that I have enjoyed driving on gravel. I think that we've been driving well on this surface and I hope we can show some more progress on this surface later in the season."