WRC Portugal: Robert Kubica retires after running out of tyres
|By David Evans||Friday, April 12th 2013, 18:47 GMT|
Robert Kubica has retired from the Rally of Portugal after running out of tyres for his Citroen DS3 RRC.
The Pole suffered damage to three tyres on the first four stages of the event and, with only one spare Michelin aboard, he was unable to make the journey to Lisbon for the superspecial stage. Kubica was running second in WRC2 when he retired.
Citroen team principal Yves Matton admitted he had been impressed with what he had seen from Kubica's gravel debut.
"He was great today," said Matton. "He is driving the car like we asked him to - the fastest way - and he has been driving it very well. His position was very good."
As well as his tyre issues, Kubica had been forced to repair the radiator after the second stage, when a branch went through the front of his car.
He will return under Rally 2 regulations on Saturday.