RK M-Sport World Rally Team’s Robert Kubica overcame yesterday’s misfortune to finish his first experience of Rally Australia in a strong ninth place overall. Driving well, the Pole is finding the art of gravel rallying more enjoyable with each new kilometre.
The rally started well for Robert who adopted a measured approach to extract maximum experience from the difficult speed tests. Despite losing time and damaging the rear suspension of his Ford Fiesta RS WRC when distracted by an official FIA warning light during yesterday’s second pass of Valla (SS12), he battled on courageously and made it back to service.
As the M-Sport technicians made a full repair, he was keen to get back out on the stages today. The final stint saw the crews tackle two loops of three technically challenging stages in the forests north of Coffs Harbour and Robert continued to impress with a highly consistent performance.
Keeping his Fiesta firmly planted to the gravel tracks, the Formula One race winner leaves his first venture down under with a solid points finish and a wealth of knowledge. Taking more and more enjoyment from loose-surface rallying, Robert has significantly improved his driving on gravel and will be looking for further gains as the championship returns to the surface later this year.
Robert Kubica (9th) said:
Team Principal, Malcolm Wilson OBE, said:
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