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Robert Kubica is soon to return to the cockpit of a rally car, but this time driving World Championship machinery. The Pole, who won the Ronde Gomotilo di Lana rally in early September, will be piloting a Citroën C4 WRC in two Italian events.
In February 2011, Kubica was fortunate to escape with his life after suffering a shocking crash in Italy in which a metal roadside barrier impaled his Skoda. He has since made a remarkable recovery and is keen to compete in more events. With the Citroën, he will take part in both the Rally di Como and Ralle du Var.
“I can’t wait to drive a car that is as quick and has been as successful as the C4 WRC,” says the 27-year-old. “Rallying is one of my favourite forms of motorsport. After completing a test session so that I can get used to the car, competing in the Rally di Como will above all be an opportunity to get to a feel for the car and learn more about driving it in racing conditions.
“The objective will be different for the Rallye du Var. This will be the third time I have taken part, so it’s a rally with which I am already familiar and where I feel comfortable. First and foremost, I want to rack up as many miles as possible and improve in the category!”
Whether Kubica will ever return to F1 still remains uncertain. He was due to compete with Renault last year and was substituted for by Nick Heidfeld and Bruno Senna.
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