It’s been a mixed year for the 2013 WRC2 champion Robert Kubica, having started the year with a victory in the season opener of the FIA European Rally Championship focus soon turned to the Pole’s first full season in the main WRC class.
Kubica has shown his pace throughout the year and made big improvements on gravel, highlighted by his recent performance in Spain, but the last round of the 2014 season switches to the damp Welsh forests, a contrasting setting.
2014 saw Kubica make his World Rally car debut at Wales GB Rally and he admits that it wasn’t the best performance.
“Last year we did not get far, but it was a difficult situation having to make the switch to a world rally car with a new co-driver and Italian pacenotes. For sure with more experience from this year I expect next week to be a better rally for me.” he said.
Previous rallies in Britain have seen mud, fog, ice and even snow so there is no predicting the conditions that lay ahead.
“It is a very difficult event, mostly because of the weather. If it is sunny it can be a really nice rally and that is what I am hoping for. Having said that, there is very high possibility of rain, fog and mud and that will make things much more difficult – but that’s a GB rally!
“About 70 percent of the stages are new compared to last year and since my first attempt was troublesome, this year’s event will be like a new experience for me. It is a unique rally because of the surface and the weather can play a big role. It might be a tough one, but I am hoping for a good experience and a smooth drive to the finish as always.”
Here’s a quick video of Kubica in action in Spain…