While writing the roadbook, Robert Kubica had a unfortunate accident in his Recce Volvo S60. He crashed into a oncoming car and damaged the Volvos rear, which lead to AWD failure. Kubica had to switch from the modified S60 to a bone stock car, which had trouble making it through the tough stages. The suspension simply wasn't up to it, and on the last 40km, power steering failed as well.

Not a good start for Kubica.