Former Grand Prix driver Robert Kubica’s success comeback is continuing.
The 29-year-old Polish driver, who won this year’s WRC2 Championship title, has signed a deal with the M-Sport top-tier World Rally Championship team for the 2014 season.
Kubica will pilot one of the Malcolm Wilson-run team’s Ford Fiesta RS WRC rally thoroughbreds (pictured below right), which will be entered under the Lotos World Rally Team banner.
“I am thrilled that Robert will be contesting next season in a Fiesta,” Wilson said.
“Since he burst onto the WRC scene earlier this year, we have been very keen to have him on-board and I think that we can expect some great things from him in 2014. You only have to look at the way Robert prepared for the 2013 season to see what it all means to him. He has a desire and a hunger which you don’t see in many drivers and I truly believe that M-Sport can offer him all the right tools to move forward in rallying.”
“I am really glad that I will participate in all 13 rounds of the World Rally Championship with the Fiesta RS WRC,” Kubica added.
“I am looking forward to gathering valuable experience on the WRC stages.”
Kubica had previously tested for the M-Sport team last year as he stepped up his preparations for his return to motorsport, almost two years on from the horrific injuries he suffered competing in a nondescript rally event in Italy, which almost amputated his right arm.
While the test with M-Sport proved successful, Kubica opted for a part-time WRC2 and European Rally Championship programme with Citroën.
He had been expected to be promoted into Citroën Racing’s WRC programme, which could also have involved the occasional guest drive in its inaugural season of competition in the FIA World Touring Car Championship.