Robert Kubica is confident of a strong showing for RK M-Sport at this weekend's Rally de Espana despite the dual surface challenge.

The Spanish rally is the only dual surface event of the year, with drivers and teams having to adapt to both gravel and tarmac stages. Kubica will be confident of a competitive weekend having won the rally in the WRC2 category last year in dominant fashion, but he admits his focus will be on adjusting his driving style in his Ford Fiesta RS WRC as quickly as possible.

"Spain is a very untypical rally as we have to contend with two different surfaces," Kubica said. "This year we are starting on gravel and it will be quite a long day. Then, we need to change our driving style very quickly and adapt to the Tarmac for the following two days. The same goes for the car specification.

"The Tarmac roads here in Spain are very nice and I am looking forward to competing on them. From what I remember, the gravel roads are very challenging. In some places they are very fast but narrow with a lot of stones next to the road.

"Most of the stages will be the same as last year. Some are mixed - partly new, partly used last year - but I think that the general characteristics of the roads will be the same as in 2013.

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"This year's rally will be a bit more difficult however as we start on gravel and the previous rally [in France] as well as our pre-event test were on Tarmac. Also the Shakedown stage isn't representative of the whole event. Much of it is on Tarmac so the first gravel kilometres will definitely not be easy and we must adapt quickly to driving on the loose surface."