Robert Kubica has confirmed that he will return to action this season with an entry into the WRC2 category of the World Rally Championship.
The former BMW and Renault F1 driver will join the series in Portugal next month having agreed terms on a deal that will see him at the wheel of a new Citroen DS3 RRC.
Kubica's WRC2 programme will start after he makes his first appearance in the Citroen on the European Rally Championship event in the Canary Islands later this month, with the possibility of additional ERC outings later in the year.
The deal comes on the back of Kubica competing in a Citroen C4 WRC on two national events towards the end of the 2012 season.
“I weighed up the different options before deciding on this programme,” he said. “I kept in touch with Citroen Racing and both sides were keen to continue working together. I'm really pleased now to be able to return to top-level racing.
“Taking part in Rally Islas Canarias will be an interesting challenge for me. I can't wait to start racing, but I haven't set myself any specific target. I still have a lot to learn in rallying and to improve I will need to rack up the miles on the stages.”
Citroen Racing team principal Yves Matton said he was delighted to have Kubica signed up for the year ahead.
“I am especially pleased to have Robert Kubica as one of our drivers in 2013,” he said. “Thanks to the support of his partners, we are in the process of putting together a racing programme that will enable him to improve in a car that offers similar handling to a World Rally Car.
“Robert's determination is an example to us all and we are proud to associate Citroen Racing's image with such a resolutely positive individual.”
Kubica's car will be fitted with a specially-designed gearbox featuring a paddle on the left of the steering wheel, with the FIA having granted dispensation for the car to be fitted with the new part.