Kubica rounds out season with solid drive

Wales Rally GB was all about control and refinement for Robert Kubica who finished just outside the top 10 in the challenging conditions of the Welsh forests.

While the stages aren’t as technically difficult as some that the Pole has faced this season the unique Welsh conditions proved a tough challenge.

“It’s been a difficult weekend with very difficult conditions” said Kubica, “but I think we drove well with no mistakes and no big moments. I was determined to finish this rally because it is so unique and you don’t get many chances to gain experience from these kinds of conditions, so I am glad that we managed to do that.

While Kubica has been fast this year there have been times where he has pushed a little too hard, resulting in accidents and offs; Wales Rally GB was an clear example that Kubica has been working hard this season on his progression on multiple surfaces that challenge the drivers.

Robert Kubica and Henning Solberg
Robert Kubica and Henning Solberg

“I’ve been really starting to enjoy rallying on gravel. Okay we had some difficult moments towards the beginning of the season, but I think that we have improved a lot throughout the year and I want to thank all of the mechanics who worked on my car. All we need is to be a bit more consistent, and that will come with experience.”

M-Sport team principal, Malcolm Wilson has seen the improvement in Kubica and was happy with the performances across the season.

“We’ve seen a really solid drive from Robert [Kubica] in what were some very challenging conditions this weekend” said Wilson. “He adopted a sensible approach and because of that he will be much better placed to progress should we see him here again next year.

“This is one of those events where experience can count for a lot and I think he can be very pleased with the job he has done. He has progressed a lot – especially on gravel – and I think you can see that from the last couple of events.”