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Former BMW Sauber Formula One star Robert Kubica enters 'hugely challenging' Wales Rally GB

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Published: 16 October 2013



Robert Kubica will step up to the Citroën DS3 WRC for the final round of the World Rally Championship, competing with co-driver Maciek Baran at the highest level, at the Wales Rally GB from November 14 to 17.

It will be the first time that the 28-year-old Polish racing driver has competed at the WRC's highest level since switching from F1 to rallying following the serious accident in early 2011 in which his forearm was partially severed.

With four category wins from the six rallies in the lesser WRC2 category, Kubica can rightfully feel pleased with his debut season in the WRC. Currently leading the WRC2 championship standings, he will be trying to seal overall class victory later this month at Rally RACC Catalunya, where second place would be enough for him to win his first world title.


Wales Rally GB, which until now was not part of his programme for this year, will provide him with the perfect opportunity to put his skills to the test in rally’s top-flight category.



“This one-off outing for the works team is a great opportunity for me, but it’s also a huge challenge,” Kubica explained. “Wales Rally GB wasn’t part of my original programme, so I’m very happy to be able to have this precious experience.”

Andrew Coe, Chief Executive of International Motor Sports Ltd, the organisers of Wales Rally GB, said: “We welcome Robert Kubica to Wales Rally GB, and are delighted to announce that both our international and national entry lists have not only exceeded expectations, but also feature some of the greatest names in modern day rallying. Having Kubica compete at our event, which has been named the Rally of Legends, will be a treat for all the fans that will be lining the route and avidly watching the action as it unfolds in the Welsh forests.”



The four-day finale to this year’s World Rally Championship, re-located in north Wales, is now based at a new service park in Deeside, Flintshire. This is not only close to the motorway network but is also perfectly placed for some of the world’s most iconic forest rally stages, many of which are either totally new or have not been featured in the WRC since the nineties.

It will be spectacular. Some of the stages will be run after dark on the evening of Thursday, November 14. 


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