Kubica wins on return to motor racing
10 September 2012 – Defying the odds, Robert Kubica has won his first motorsport event since the accident which nearly took his life in February 2011. On Sunday, the Pole competed in the Ronde Gomitolo di Lana at the wheel of a Subaru Impreza WRC.
First rumoured at the end of last week, Kubica was on the entry list for the rally but waiting for his car to be readied. Just 19 months earlier, he narrowly escaped death in a similar event after the Skoda he was driving was impaled by a metal roadside barrier.
“I hope I enjoy myself because this is just a matter of re-adapting to driving and helping my arm to recover better, not looking at the stage times,” 27-year-old Kubica told Italy’s SkySport24. “Having already been a driver for 20 years, my body is only used to certain things and I am able to feel these when I drive, so let’s see what happens.”
Remarkably, Kubica’s Subaru – guided by co-driver Giuliano Manfedi – triumphed on the rally’s four stages to beat the Mini of Omar Bergo by just under one minute.