Ever since his career and life-threatening crash last year in a Skoda Fabia rally car last year in February, Robert Kubica has slowly been preparing for a return to motorsport competition. And, after 19 months of surgery and operations, the Pole has won on his return to auto racing.
Fielding a Subaru Impreza rally car, Kubica ended up topping the time charts in all four stages of Italy's Ronde Gomitolo di Lana rally, beating second place man Omar Bergo in his WRC Mini by over a minute.
Though it's still early days in the Polish driver's return to the realms of racing, it does hint that Kubica hasn't lost any of the speed that was present when he was competing in Formula One for BMW Sauber and Renault. His pace was very impressive in his forays prior to the rally he won earlier today, and there's even rumours that, if his impressive form hasn't detiorated too much, he could find his way back into the ultimate tier of single-seater formula racing.
Of course, that is all dependent on whether or not Kubica's once-fractured arm is strong enough, or will be strong enough, for a return to such an extreme form of motor racing. Indeed, the man himself sees his triumph as the start of a "more active phase" of his recovery, and is just as much a means of seeing whether or not his injury has affected his hopes of returning to top-level motor racing as it is a means of getting accustomed and acclimatised to the demands and requirements of autosports.
Still, we're still chuffed to bits that Robert Kubica is back in a racing car, and scoring some very impressive results in the first time he's driven a car in anger in nearly two years. All of us here at Team VVV wish Robert Kubica the best of luck in the future, and we hope to see more great things from him soon.