Robert Kubica wasn't coming. But I didn't know how to say that in Polish. The crowd standing at the Sweet Lamb fence next to me was in a never-ending loop of disappointment. Car came, flag waved, klaxons sounded, faces dropped.
Their hero was in the trees, roof-first, for the second time in as many days. Mid-Wales had done for the man who once conquered the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve to break his Formula 1 duck back in 2008. Having survived the wall of champions, he succumbed to mud on Hafren and a misunderstanding on Dyfi.
This wasn't what Kubica had in mind for his debut in a factory World Rally Car.
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David Evans is the rallies editor of Autosport and Motorsport News. A successful rally driving father ensured an early introduction to motorsport and, fascinated as he was by rallying, the fourth estate was of equal interest. Having read (or at least looked at the pictures) from the age of two, he joined <i>Motoring News</i> in 1996 and later moved to Autosport in 2002.@davidevansrally More features by David Evans