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Renault refuses Kubica Monte Carlo Rally appearance

Lotus Renault GP has reportedly dashed Robert Kubica's hopes of a second consecutive Monte Carlo Rally appearance - after the Pole revealed he wished to compete in a rival manufacturer's car
Lotus Renault GP – formerly Renault F1 – has blocked its star driver Robert Kubica from competing on next weekend's legendary Monte Carlo Rally after the Pole expressed his desire to enter the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) curtain-raiser in a rival manufacturer's car.

On his debut in the iconic event last year, Kubica suffered heartbreak when the engine in his Renault Clio R3 failed a mere four kilometres into the opening stage – but the 26-year-old signalled his intention to return.

He planned to do so this year, but German website speedweek.de reports that Lotus Renault GP has dashed his hopes by refusing to allow him to do so in any other car than a Renault, forcing Kubica to withdraw his S2000 class entry.



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Alan D - Unregistered

January 10, 2011 5:57 PM

There was a time when drivers would regularly take part in several different formulas or series, but I guess there were less GPs in the year in those days, and less PR work. You also had teams entering more than one series too so Mclaren would have its F1 cars in the GPs and its M8A in the Can-Am series, with the drivers flitting between the two.

Cobalt

January 10, 2011 9:37 PM

Such a shame, he was getting really good. No chance of wins in F1 so rally was the only way to see him win races. Shame that a young, talented driver is being stopped from competing. Robert was testing Peugeot as Renault Cleo cant compete with big guys. Since Renault is not Renault any more they should allow him to drive anything he wants.



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