WRC Rally de Espana: Kubica takes a wheel off in SS11

Former F1 driver Robert Kubica goes out on the repeat-run through the 50 km Escaladei test
Former Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica has retired from day two of Rally de Espana after taking a wheel off in SS11.

Kubica, who had to limp through the stages this morning when a rear driveshaft broke before the first stage of the day, stopped about 5 kilometres from the end of the 50 km Escaladei 2 test. He had been running ninth pre-SS11 in his Fiesta RS WRC - and sixth before his issues this morning.

“We lost today's first loop because of a broken driveshaft and that is why the second pass was effectively the first one for us. At the end of SS11 there were a lot of cuts and gravel on the road and at one place it took me by surprise under braking,” Kubica explained once back in service.

“I cut a junction and we hit something with the right-front wheel. A suspension bracket bolt broke which meant the driveshaft became loose and it was not possible to continue as it was.

"We worked on the car at the side of the road and managed to fix it somehow then, when all of the cars had passed, we were able to drive down to the finish where a recovery truck was waiting.

“It was a real shame. After a very good day on gravel yesterday it could have been a similar story on tarmac, but that is rallying."

M-Sport team boss Malcolm Wilson added: “It's a shame that Robert suffered some mechanical issues this morning but he showed real drive and determination to complete the loop. Sadly, he was caught out under braking on SS11 this afternoon and damaged the front-right wheel.

"We'll assess the damage when the car returns to service, but I hope to see him back out on the stages tomorrow.”

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

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