Over in Austria at the weekend Robert Kubica won the 31 Int. Jännerrallye, Oberösterreich, in his Ford Fiesta RRC. This was thefirst event of the season in the 12 round FIA European Rally Championship.
Czech driver Václav Pech was just 20 seconds behind in second place in his MINI John Cooper Works S2000 losing out on the final stage of the rally. Local driver and eleven-time Austrian champion Raimund Baumschlager was third, over a minute and half behind in his Skoda Fabia S2000.
Kubica’s efforts and eight fastest stage times also earned him the Colin McRae ERC ‘Flat Out’ Trophy which was presented by Marcus Grönholm.