Robert Kubica survived a final stage nightmare to take eighth place at his home event in the World Rally Championship and says he achieved his initial target as he looks for solid progression to the end of the season.

The former Formula 1 star has suffered a turbulent 2015 campaign after undergoing a complete reorganisation of his rally squad after a disastrous start to the season, but is now returning to a sustainable level in WRC after taking eighth place at Rally Poland.

The 30-year-old rally driver had to endure a tyre puncture on the final stage to secure a points finish and grabbed a creditable eighth in testing conditions.

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"It has been a good rally, but I am disappointed because the rock [which caused his puncture] was in a fast section and on the line," Kubica said. "We try to defend seventh place, but we did not manage. We came here thinking we could finish between fifth and 10th and no-one retired so that was not bad."

Kubica's eighth place elevated him to 16th in WRC standings as the season ticked over into the second half of the 2015 campaign and the Pole remains in an upbeat mood for the remainder of the year.

The World Rally Championship will now take a four-week break until Rally Finland which is scheduled for the 30th July to the 2nd August.