KUBICA STAYS WITH FIESTA FOR 2015

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KUBICA STAYS WITH FIESTA FOR 2015

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PHOTO: Robert Kubica finishes ninth in Coates Hire Rally Australia (Jeremy Rogers pic)

ROBERT Kubica has ended months of speculation about his future by confirming he will remain in the WRC and tackle every round of the championship, including Rally Australia in 2015.

In his second full season at the sport’s highest level, the 30-year-old Grand Prix winner will again drive a Ford Fiesta RS WRC, co-driven by Maciek Szczepaniak, with backing from Polish oil company LOTOS.

Kubica’s team will confirm later which organisation will run the car for him.

“After analysing the situation I decided to continue in WRC, where the challenge for me is still the biggest,” said Kubica, who admitted in October that he was considering a return to circuit racing.

“It took me a long time to make this decision, but there was no pressure at all. I wanted to be sure about it and I did not want to rush. There will be some more new things to come, but I will announce them later.”

A statement from Kubica’s management team read: “Robert and Maciek know all 13 World Championship rounds.

“However, they approach this challenge with humility, aiming for consistency and gaining further experience – which will be crucial to confirm their abilities, already shown in their first full season in the most demanding rallies in the world.”

Kubica’s first competitive outing in 2015 will be at Rallye Monte-Carlo (22-25 January), the event he led this year on his debut in the Fiesta RS alongside Szczepaniak.

He finished ninth in Coates Hire Rally Australia in September in an M-Sport-run Fiesta RS.

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Chris Nixon

Chris Nixon is Media Manager for Kennards Hire Rally Australia.