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Corsica ERC: Kubica retires from lead with mechanical problem

Robert KubicaRobert Kubica has lost the Tour of Corsica lead after running into mechanical trouble on stage five and having to retire.

Kubica had taken the lead only one stage before, when the previously dominant Craig Breen clipped a bank and suffered tyre damage.

That meant the ex-Formula 1 driver went onto the Barchetta stage seven seconds ahead of nearest rivals Bryan Bouffier and Jan Kopecky.

But Kubica came to a halt around four kilometres from the end of the stage. He managed to get his Citroen going again but lost six minutes as the misfiring car struggled to the finish.

Despite Kubica's best efforts, he was unable to repair what he believes was a fuel-feed problem, and has had to retire from the rally.

Bouffier now holds first place with a 3.8-second margin over Kopecky.

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