Tuesday | 17 Jun 2014

News in Brief: Kubica / Fiestas / Barrable

A selection of stories that are making the news in WRC:

Kubica on Poland: Robert Kubica (pictured above) has dismissed any notion that his experience of the stages might hand him an advantage at LOTOS 71st Rally Poland (26 - 29 June).

The Pole tackled the rally last year, when it was not a WRC round, but retired his Citroen DS3 RRC after losing a wheel. He held second for much of the opening day.

“For me, it will be a completely new rally,” he said. “Perhaps I know about 10km of the gravel stages from last year. Of course, the conditions were different and the weather was changeable.”

Fiesta proves popular: More than half the competitors at LOTOS 71st Rally Poland will be at the wheel of Ford Fiestas. The entry list shows 39 of the 71 competing crews in various models of the Blue Oval’s car - almost 55 per cent.

There are seven Fiesta RS cars in the headline WRC category, including three for Polish drivers Robert Kubica, Michal Solowow and Krzysztof Holowczyc.

Barrable to Goodwood: WRC 2 driver Robert Barrable will return to the Goodwood Festival of Speed (26 - 29 June) in Great Britain – 12 months after debuting his Tunnock’s World Rally Team Ford Fiesta R5 there.

The 25-year-old Irishman, who lies eighth in the category and scored a podium at the season-opening Rallye Monte-Carlo, will drive the 2.69km forest stage at the popular display event which is expected to attract almost 200,000 fans.

Barrable (pictured below) will be in good company at Goodwood. Nine-time world champion Sébastien Loeb will pilot a Citroen DS3 WRC and Dani Sordo will display a Hyundai i20 WRC.

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