Kubica makes Citroën choice

2013-03-04 16:57

After competing in two rallies in 2012 in a C4 WRC, the former BMW-Sauber and Renault F1 driver has decided to start his 2013 programme at the third round of the FIA European Rally Championship, Rally Islas Canarias in a Citroën DS3 RRC.

Next up will be the WRC2 at Rally de Portugal in the same car.


The Polish’s race programme will emphasise on rallying in 2013, much to the delight of his fans.

“I weighed up the different options before deciding on this programme. I kept in touch with Citroën Racing and both sides were keen to continue working together,” said Kubica.

“I’m really pleased 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,” he added.


Kubica will line up at his first World Championship Rally in Portugal only three weeks after racing in the European rally. He will be competing in seven rounds of the WRC2 2013 calendar and might also score additional European Championship rallies.

The RRC version is based on the DS3 WRC model but has more restrictive aerodynamic features and a smaller turbo flange. Following special consideration granted by the FIA, Kubica’s car will have a specifically-designed gearbox, with a paddle installed to the left of the steering wheel.

Citroën Racing Team Principal, Yves Matton said:“I am especially pleased to have Robert Kubica as one of our drivers in 2013.”

“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 Citroën Racing’s image with such a resolutely positive individual. I would also like to thank the FIA for supporting us with this arrangement.”