Robert Kubica has opted to skip Rally Australia to get an extended test run in the RK World Rally Team Ford Fiesta RS in preparation for the remaining asphalt World Rally Championship events.

The former Formula 1 star suffered a nightmare in his maiden run in the asphalt set-up in the new specification Ford Fiesta in Germany due to an engine problem. He eventually finished the rally a lowly 35th after receiving a five-minute time penalty for changing his engine.

Kubica complained of being unable to find a solid set-up throughout Rally Germany and feels it is more important to solve these issues away from racing.

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The Polish driver also feels the difficult logistic operations for Australia will be an unwanted distraction for his team and that testing in Europe will be more beneficial for him and the team. The 30-year-old competed in Australia last season with support from M-Sport and grabbed ninth place on his debut at the event.

Robert Kubica is expected to return to competing in the WRC in October for Rallye de France, which acts as round 11 of the 2015 championship.