WRC Rally GB: Robert Kubica has second crash

Robert Kubica suffered his second crash in as many days as he rolled out of Rally GB for the second time on Saturday morning

WRC Rally GB: Robert Kubica has second crash

The Pole, promoted to the World Rally Championship's top class for his GB debut after winning the WRC2 crown, rolled his factory Citroen DS3 at the start of SS11.

Both he and co-driver Michele Ferrara, driving together for the first time, were OK.

Having suffered a similar fate when he rolled into a ditch on Friday, Kubica had pledged to drive cautiously after Citroen rebuilt his car overnight.

"We took it very easy after yesterday," he said after returning under Rally 2 rules to finish the Saturday-opening SS10 ninth quickest. "When you want to drive those cars you have to take it very, very slowly.

"It's better in this kind of rally when you have a lot of uncertain places. Yesterday I was driving normally, having fun but trying to stay on the road and ended in the ditch. It was a bit unlucky."

WRC rules allow Kubica to rejoin again for Sunday with further time penalties if he wishes and the car can be repaired.

Kubica was not the only driver to fall foul of the 21.9km Dyfi stage, as M-Sport's Evgeny Novikov also crashed out. The team confirmed both he and co-driver Ilka Minor were OK.

Novikov had been running fifth overall, part of a three-car battle for fourth along with Andreas Mikkelsen and Mads Ostberg, before his shunt.

Mikkelsen won both the morning stages to take charge of that fight, but Volkswagen team-mate Sebastien Ogier has extended his rally lead after Jari-Matti Latvala in the third Polo struggled for pace.

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