Kubica wins on rally return
- Robert Kubica
Robert Kubica won the Ronde Gomitolo di Lana Rally at the weekend in his first competitive race since his life-threatening accident last year.
Kubica was participating in the rally driving a Subaru Impreza WRC car, with his participation uncertain until Thursday as the car was readied. Despite telling Italian television before the event that he was not focusing on stage times, Kubica went on to win every stage and with it the rally by just under one minute from Omar Bergo in a WRC Mini.
Speaking to Italian television before the rally began Kubica stated the importance of the event for his recovery, saying: "In the end it's a matter of re-establishing the way of driving and helping the arm to recover better. Having been a driver for 20 years, my body is accustomed to certain things, and I can feel these things only while I drive, so we'll see."
The extent of Kubica's injuries were revealed further on the podium after the rally, with the use of his right arm severely limited during the celebrations. Kubica also wore a bandage over the lower part of his right arm in order to hide the worst of his scars from the accident in February 2011.