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Early exit for Kubica from Monte Carlo Rally 20 Jan 2010

Robert Kubica (POL), Renault in the post rally press conference. Intercontinental Rally Challenge, Rd1, Rallye Monte-Carlo, Monaco, 19-23 January 2010. Robert Kubica (POL), Renault Clio R3. Intercontinental Rally Challenge, Rd1, Rallye Monte-Carlo, Monaco, 19-23 January 2010.

Beginner’s luck appeared to desert Renault Formula One driver Robert Kubica on Tuesday night when his maiden appearance at the prestigious Monte Carlo Rally was brought to a premature end. Former BMW Sauber star Kubica was forced to pull out of the event after the engine of his Renault Clio developed an issue during the evening’s 8.83-kilometre warm-up stage.

Although his mechanics battled to fix the problem, they weren’t able to mend the engine, forcing the Polish driver to watch from the sidelines as the first proper stage of the event got underway on Wednesday.

Since leaving BMW Sauber at the end of last season, Kubica has competed in two other rallies in Italy and France. He is expected back behind the wheel of a Formula One car in two weeks’ time when he will take the new Renault R30 out for its first test run at Spain’s Valencia track on February 1.