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Wales Rally GB: Kubica secures DS3 WRC for Rally GB

Robert Kubica to drive the Abu Dhabi Citroen Total World Rally Team DS3 WRC in Wales Rally GB
Former F1 racer Robert Kubica is to make his debut in a current generation World Rally Car in the final round of the 2013 season in Wales.

Kubica, who has four wins in six starts in WRC2 this year, will be behind the wheel of the Citroen DS3 WRC usually driven by Khalid Al Qassimi and will compete under the Abu Dhabi Citroen Total World Rally Team banner.

The 28-year-old could wrap up the WRC2 crown in what was previously scheduled to be his final outing of the year in Spain, and Citroen boss Yves Matton said it was his performances in the class that had secured him the chance to run in the top class for the first time.

“In my discussions with Robert, we agreed that he would move up to the next category if he won the WRC2 title,” he said. “It's true that as things stand, he hasn't won the title. But even if he doesn't win it in Spain, he has still had a very successful season.

“He is therefore perfectly entitled to have a go at Wales Rally GB. There is no doubt that his motivation and professional attitude mean he can set his sights on securing a good result.”

Kubica himself said he was delighted to have the chance to compete in the DS3 WRC in the season finale.

“This one-off outing for the works team is a great opportunity for me, but it's also a huge challenge,” revealed Robert. “Wales Rally GB wasn't part of my original programme, so I'm very happy to be able to have this precious experience. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my partners for this season, who have made this possible.”



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Taz

October 16, 2013 8:51 AM

Curious too see how he goes, very well I suspect. Kimi was dropped right in at the deep end running a full WRC car (his choice) and Robert has built it up so I reckon he'll do better. I'd be surprised if he starts beating the top 4 though straight away.

Mustafur

October 16, 2013 3:21 AM

Can't wait, Kubica is an impressive talent and if he can't go back to F1 he has plenty of options, have you ever seen a road racer jump into rallying and be this competitive on the get go its nuts!



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