Kubica will challenge for wins in WRC - Wilson

By on Sunday, January 19, 2014
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M-Sport team boss Malcolm Wilson believes that former Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica can compete for wins at asphalt rallies later in the year.

Kubica is competing in the World Rally Championship this season for M-Sport, having claimed the WRC2 title in 2013.

Kubica impressed at the season opening Monte Carlo Rally, despite crashing out of the event.

Driving a Ford Fiesta RS WRC, Kubica won the first two stages on Thursday, which provided him with a 36.8s lead over his nearest competitor.

He slipped back to fourth after an erroneous tyre choice left him struggling in snowy conditions on the third stage.

Kubica remained in contention for a podium but was caught out by black ice on the ninth of 15 stages and went off the road. Neither he, nor co-driver Maciek Szczepaniak, were injured.

The Pole was forced to retire after his car slid down a bank in the accident.

"Robert demoralised everyone when they were all on the same [during the first two stages] and the thing that impressed me was how he controlled everything on the third stage when he could see the seconds disappearing," Wilson told WRC.com.

"To hang on and be patient like that is a very good skill."

"I think that when we get to the asphalt rallies in the second half of the season and Robert has got more experience, he’ll definitely be challenging for wins. I have no doubt about that."

The rally was won by reigning world champion Sebastien Ogier, ahead of Bryan Bouffier and Kris Meeke.

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