Robert Kubica made his world rally car debut at last year’s Wales Rally GB.
RK M-Sport World Rally Team’s Robert Kubica made his world rally car debut at last year’s Wales Rally GB. One year on, the Pole will be keen to show how far his has progressed on the loose-surface terrain.
Following a year of competition at the FIA World Rally Championship’s (WRC) highest league, Robert has shown vast improvement on gravel – delivering what was arguably his best ever performance on the surface at the previous outing in Spain.
Of course the dry and dusty stages of the Costa Dourada are far removed from those in the Welsh forests.
...there is a very high possibility of rain, fog and mud and that will make things much more difficult – but that's a GB rally!
As the championship’s traditional finale, Wales Rally GB is widely acknowledged as the ultimate test of a driver’s ability. The stages may not be as technically challenging as some, but the conditions provide one of the most daunting and anticipated events of the year.
The crews can expect rain, mud, fog, ice and even snow as they traverse some of the WRC’s most iconic speed tests. Knowledge of the stages is beneficial, but it is those who are able to judge the available grip that will prosper the most.
The Formula One race winner has shown vast improvement behind the wheel of his Ford Fiesta RS WRC but will need to apply all of the knowledge and experience gained as he looks to bring his season to a close with a positive result on one of the season’s most challenging events.
Robert Kubica said:
“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.
“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 a 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.”
RK M-Sport World Rally Team