Ku­bica lands full-time LMP seat with Kolles

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Ex-for­mula 1 driver Robert Ku­bica will take part in this year’s FIA World En­durance Cham­pi­onship with the pri­va­teer Bykolles LMP1 team.

The Pol­ish star will share the team’s re­worked CLM P1/01 with Bri­ton Oliver Webb and a yet-to-be-named third driver.

Ku­bica’s F1 ca­reer was halted by se­ri­ous in­juries sus­tained in a rally ac­ci­dent in 2011, but he has since re­turned to com­pe­ti­tion in both the World Rally Cham­pi­onship and GT rac­ing.

The 32-year-old han­dled the Kolles car dur­ing last year’s WEC rookie test at Bahrain, set­ting en­cour­ag­ing times.

“Af­ter my time in rally I’ve been look­ing for some­thing as close to For­mula 1 as pos­si­ble,” said Ku­bica. “This is ex­actly what I’ve found in LMP1.

“At the end of last year’s WEC sea­son, I was able to do my first laps be­hind the wheel of the CLM P1/01. I felt com­fort­able in the car very quickly and was able to in­crease my pace ac­cord­ingly. With even more ex­pe­ri­ence I’m sure I will be able to ex­tract more per­for­mance.

“I’m al­ready very much look­ing for­ward to the sea­son start.”

This year the trou­bled CLM will run with a new Nis­san en­gine, which the team hopes will boost re­li­a­bil­ity.

Robert Ku­bica will share a re­mod­elled CLM with Oli Webb

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