For someone, Robert Kubica`s start in Rally of Great Britan is a prize for great season in WRC2, for other it`s real test before next year challenges. Kubica is staying calm and his only goal is to learn.
Kubica before the rally
“Obviously, it would be great to finish in the points again, but I’m not aiming for a specific result. My goal is to rack up the miles and increase my knowledge of the WRC. Each rally in the World Championship has its own distinctive features. In Wales, I know that the combination of fast roads and extreme weather can make it very difficult, especially for an inexperienced driver.”
"I think it’s difficult to compare the races I have competed in so far in a WRC with Wales Rally GB! This will be my first time competing in a gravel event in top-level rally car. I still have a lot to learn about: the stages and the team, of course, but also my co-driver. There are lot of new things, but I’m looking forward to making the most of this opportunity.” - said Kubica for Citroen Racing website.
Prevorious appearances in WRC car
It will be Kubica`s first start in WRC car on gravel but he drove a 5 times in WRC car in 2012. In Ronde Gomitolo di Lana Robert won driving Subaru Impreza. In San Martino di Castrozza Kubica had accident and then he won again in Rally di Citta Bassano. In all this rallies Kubica had differend co-driver. Then Kubica drove in Citroen C4 WRC and he won in Trofeo Aci Como and crashed in Rally du Var.
About new co-driver
Michele Ferrara will replace Maciej Baran in Rally of Great Britain. Italian is Andrea Crugnola co-driver in smaller rallies. It will be his second appearance in WRC car. Below you car hear him:
About the car
Robert will have opportunity to drive Citroen DS3 WRC - car with 1.7 Turbo 16V engine with 300 BHP. He will change gears using special paddle at the left side of steering wheel which will be slower than normal.
There will be 22 Special Stages in Rally of Great Britain - from 2 to 32 kilometers. It will start in thursday at noon with the qualifiing stage and will end in Sunday about 4 pm.
Rally Scheudle in British time:
Thursday, 14 November:
10:45 - Qualifiing stage (3,11km)
11:30 - Shakedown (Llandegla) (3,11km)
12:30 - Shakedown (Llandegla) (3,11km)
19:05 - SS 1 - Gwydyr (6,95km)
19:38 - SS 2 - Penmachno (10,51km)
20:42 - SS 3 - Clocaenog 1 (7,52km)
Friday, 15 November:
9:37 - SS 4 - Hafren 1 (32,14km)
10:20 - SS 5 - Sweet Lamb 1 (4,26km)
10:37 - SS 6 - Myherin 1 (32,13km)
12:28 - Service (Newtown)
13:43 - SS 7 - Hafren 2 (32,14km)
14:26 - SS 8 - Sweet Lamb 2 (4,26km)
14:43 - SS 9 - Myherin 2 (32,13km)
Saturday, 16 listopada:
08:29 - SS 10 - Gartheiniog 1 (14,58km)
08:58 - SS 11 - Dyfi 1 (21,90km)
10:33 - SS 12 - Gartheiniog 2 (14,58km)
11:02 - SS 13 - Dyfi 2 (21,90km)
12:45 - SS 14 - Dyfnant 1 (21,34km)
14:22 - SS 15 - Chirk Castle 1 (2,06km)
14:34 - SS 16 - Chirk Castle 2 (2,06km)
Sunday, 17 November:
8:56 - SS 17 - Dyfnant 2 (21,34km)
9:56 - SS 18 - Penllyn (14,12km)
10:06 - SS 19 - Clocaenog 2 (7,52km)
12:03 - SS 20 - Kinmel Park 1 (2,18km)
12:11 - SS 21 - Kinmel Park 2 (2,18km)
13:01 - SS 22 - Great Orme (4,58km)
Maps and movies
HERE you can see 3D fight over the route and below you will see some maps and movies:
World Champion Sebastien Ogier, Thierry Neuville, Dani Sordo, Mikko Hirvonen or Jari Matti Latvala - they all will start in Great Britain. Probably Kubica will fight with Mads Ostberg, Jewgienij Novikow, Martin Prokop, Andreas Mikkaelsen czy Naser Al Attiyah. Here is entry list:
Kubica tested already
Below you can see movie and photos from Kubica`s test before the rally:
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