Ex-F1 driver Robert Kubica to make top-level rally debut in Wales

Robert Kubica

Ex-Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica will compete in his first top-level World Championship rally when he enters next month's Wales Rally GB.

The Pole is on course to win WRC2, the sport's second-tier series, in his debut campaign.

Robert Kubica

Kubica, 28, suffered a partially severed right hand in a rally accident in 2011 and has not recovered enough movement to return to F1.

"I'm very happy to be able to have this precious experience," said Kubica.

The Pole will drive a works Citroen DS3 in the WRC season finale in Wales on 14-17 November. Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier has already claimed the title.

Before the event in Wales, Kubica, who has won four of the six WRC2 events this season, needs to finish second in the Rally Catalunya later this month to become champion in the second tier.

The wrecked rally car of F1 driver Robert Kubica

Kubica added: "Wales Rally GB wasn't part of my original programme. This one-off outing for the works team is a great opportunity for me, but it's also a huge challenge."

The Pole won the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix for BMW-Sauber and finished eighth in the world championship in his maiden season with Renault in 2010.

He was considered one of the best drivers in the sport at the time of his crash and has admitted that he misses competing in Formula 1.

In June, Kubica made it clear he still prioritised success in F1 over rallying but said he would not try to rush his recovery.

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