Days or should I say hours from now Robert Kubica and Maciek Szczepaniak will start their first WRC event of the year in Monte Carlo. I for one will monitor their progress carefully, as I’m sure will the countless others. But before they set off to conquer some WRC stages and embrace some WRC-flavoured challenges, let’s sit back and watch that amazing onboard video from the final stage of the Jännerrallye, first event of the 2014 European Rally Championship.
Unlike the video linked in the original post on WRB, this one is in HD format, so all the drama is now even more realistic to us. And to understand better how realistic and, erm, dramatic this drama was to two guys sitting in that Fiesta, here’s a little explanation slash translation, kindly provided by Krzysztof Piotrowicz (thanks!). Speaking of translations, WRC should hire professional translators and translate & subtitle the interesting bits in officially released onboard videos. We cannot all learn Finnish and Polish and all those languages! There.
“interesting parts in the video if you dont understand polish, early in the video you see if was kubicas slight off that cause the lights to be damaged, after that one light was dangling and pointing in kubicas eyes, and looking for the off switch, he lost slight concentration and went off road at 2.45, saying “oh, fu.. me”. funnily when he is offroad, szczepaniak is still dictating, saying “try to avoid that there” at 2.49. kubica then says “haha, sorry”. soon after kubica complains about not having normal lights, soon after szczepaniak says “a bit more careful please” then soon after kubica complains again that the lights aren’t working and Szczepaniak says “and what am I supposed to do?” – and a bit later, “I cant do anything at the moment” . there are several instances where kubicas complains of the lights in between pace note reading, and sczepaniak makes very short replies in between some pace not readings. it is all going at such a fast pace and such concentration needed even with the problems of the lights.”