The Formula 1 ace and his co-driver Maciek Baran will drive Khalid Al Qassimi’s works spec Citroen DS3 WRC after the Abu Dhabi driver felt Kubica deserved an opportunity to prove his potential.
Kubica has impressed this season at the wheel of a Citroen DS3 RRC, winning four WRC 2 rounds from the six he has contested. Currently leading the WRC2 championship standings, he will be trying to seal overall victory later this month at Rally RACC Catalunya, where second place would be enough for him to win his first world title.
Yves Matton, Citroën Racing Team Principal, felt Kubica had already done enough to progress to the next level.
“In my discussions with Robert, we agreed that he would move up to the next category if he won the WRC2 title. 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," said Matton.
"There is no doubt that his motivation and professional attitude mean he can set his sights on securing a good result.”
“This one-off outing for the works team is a great opportunity for me, but it’s also a huge challenge,” said Kubica. “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.”
“Such a fantastic performance is worthy of our trust,” added Al Qassimi. “Robert’s fine results this year are down to his hard work and determination. We know he will do a great job in representing the Abu Dhabi Citroën Total World Rally Team."