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Wales Rally GB: Kubica: As a small team impossible to beat factories

Robert Kubica says he's keen to keep fighting in the WRC but feels he is nearing the maximum his RK World Rally Team can produce.
Robert Kubica says he's keen to continue fighting in the World Rally Championship after a season of 'progress' but feels he is nearing the maximum his RK World Rally Team can produce.

The former F1 star notched up his third points finish of the season with eighth place at Wales Rally GB to claim 12th in the overall WRC championship but feels a number of technical issues hampered his progress both in North Wales and over the course of the season.

“The only positive thing is that we managed to get to the finish and the pace was good,” Kubica said in Wales. “On the last one the rear tyres were gone and it was oversteering so much. I have made some good progress this year and I would like to continue. I had a lot of technical problems through the season.”

After completing his third consecutive season in rallying's premier class, the Polish driver says it has been another season of improvements – despite missing Rally Argentina after his RK WRT needed restructuring – but feels it is 'impossible' to make any further progress.

“I would like to do more next year because I feel I improved this season,” he said. “Okay, not good results in the second half of the year but we've had a lot of technical problems. I think in our position as a small team, it is impossible to beat the factory guys.”



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Rowdy75

November 17, 2015 4:14 PM

Yes, it's a shame, but rallying isn't where the money is. As soon as the BBC lose sports such as rallying and motogp they seem to give up completely on it, ommiting it from the old ceefax pages and current red button news articles, news papers don't cover it in the back pages any more. Even over on autocar website one reader commented that even though a Motorsport fan, he had no idea that the rally gb had been on over the weekend. One commented that where rally catalunya held a stage in Barcelona, it would be good for the sport if rally gb held a stage in London, to help put it on the map. To me, rallying is a far more spectacular and higher skilled discipline than circuit racing, any day. Where circuits have large run off areas if things go slightly wrong and the two types of surface are wet or dry Tarmac, rally drivers have far more to cope with, and have to be pretty much wheel perfect. It deserves more exposure than it gets nowadays.

Rayzerp2

November 17, 2015 4:05 PM

Taz: cont. Red Bull have done a crap job of promoting the sport, I honestly thought they'd help revive it.
Hard to get excited about the current generation of WRC cars in my opinion....I am only late 30s but in my time as a fan of motorsport we have gone from fire spitting rally cars to underpowered VW polos, screaming V10 F1 cars to the current tumble driers...not to mention the heyday of DTM and BTCC super tourers to the current yawn fest....thank god for WSB and Moto gp



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