Kubica lands full-time LMP seat with Kolles
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.