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.