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Kubica to restart
on Saturday

Robert Kubica will restart Neste Oil Rally Finland on Saturday after crashing out of the competition on Friday’s opening stage.

The Pole blamed his pace notes and his inexperience of the Finnish roads for the premature exit, which happened near the start of Pihlajakoski and left his Ford Fiesta RS with broken left-hand front suspension.

Kubica explained: “It said ‘six-left-plus-long-over-crest’ so I went in at full throttle and high speed. Unfortunately one piece of information was missing - that it unloads the car – so it took off the road and I went onto the grass. We hit something with the left front and the car did a full spin in the air.

“The biggest problem was an unloaded car because of the crest. I hadn't noticed that during recce; I only noticed when we were there at full speed. It is very difficult to foresee these things as I am not experienced enough to know for sure which crests will unload the car.

Kubica was ninth before the accident and said he regretted the mileage lost today.

Yesterday we were taking no risks and we were driving very well. Today, while doing the same, we finished far too early. Tomorrow we just have to continue with the same attitude.”

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