"There was only one year in my career that I have not been on the podium, in 2007, so starting by being on the podium and winning the rally is always nice but we have to keep our feet on the ground," said Kubica.
"This year will be a big challenge, participating in the WRC with the top drivers and the new rallies coming.
"I have never been in Monte Carlo apart from the recce in 2010 but I didn't start the rally. I haven't driven on snow.
"[Janner] was a great opportunity but it really will be a tough and long season.
"For sure it's very nice to be a winner but our priority was a bit different. It was to get as much experience and information in order to prepare for Monte Carlo.
"Hopefully the learning process one day will end and I can use my skills together with the experience fundamental in rallying."
The fifth Intercontinental Rally Challenge was the best yet, and it was Skoda UK driver Andreas Mikkelsen who emerged as champion from a tense five-way shootout at the season finale. Matt Beer reviews the season