Ex-Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica is set to return to the top level of motorsport next month after being offered a chance to race in the World Rally Championships, WRC, with the Citroen racing team.
The event takes place during the weekend beginning November 14 and he will compete in the Citroen DS3.
Kubica was forced out of Formula 1 back in early 2011 when he was involved in a serious, horrific accident whilst racing in the Ronde di Andora rally in Italy. Kubica sustained compound fractures to his right elbow, shoulder and leg, and almost had to have his hand amputated.
Kubica had to retire until 2012 to recover from his injuries. At the time of his crash, Kubica was driving a Super 2000-specification Škoda Fabia when his car left the road at high speed and hit a crash barrier. Kubica was trapped for more than an hour and, after being flown to hospital, he lost part of his forearm.
During the time when he had initially agreed to race in the European Rally Championship, Kubica was tipped as a future world champion in Formula 1. He was also a contender for a Ferrari seat due to his exceptional performances on track with the Renault team throughout the 2010 Formula 1 season.
His outstanding performances have again proved him worthy of a seat in the top-flight of motorsport after several impressive performances in this year's current WRC 2 championship - the support series of WRC. It is also worth noting this is his debut season in WRC 2 since his accident.
Andrew Coe, chief executive of International Motor Sports Ltd, the organisers of Wales Rally GB, stated: "Having Kubica compete will be a treat for the fans."
Kubica leads the WRC 2 championship and can claim the title if he finishes second in the Rally Catalunya later this month to see off rival Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari.
Kubica has said, “This one-off outing for the works team is a great opportunity for me, but it’s also a huge challenge. I’m very happy to be able to have this precious experience.”
It is still unclear whether the Pole will return to Formula 1 anytime soon, but with a WRC 2 championship in sight and a chance to race in the top division of WRC, Robert Kubica definitely has a bright future ahead of him.
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