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More Renault rallying for Kubica 18 Nov 2009

Robert Kubica (POL), DP Motorsports Renault Clio R3, finished day one eighth and top of his class but crashed out of the rally on day two. Rally Taormina-Messina, Sicilly, 13-15 November 2009. Robert Kubica (POL), DP Motorsports Renault Clio R3, finished day one eighth and top of his class but crashed out of the rally on day two. Rally Taormina-Messina, Sicilly, 13-15 November 2009. Robert Kubica (POL), DP Motorsports Renault Clio R3, finished day one eighth and top of his class but crashed out of the rally on day two. Rally Taormina-Messina, Sicilly, 13-15 November 2009.

Fresh from his first experience of rallying a Renault car at last weekend’s Rally Taormina-Messina in Sicily, Robert Kubica has confirmed he will be back behind the wheel of a Clio Sport R3 Maxi at the Rallye du Var in France later this month.

Kubica, who will race for Renault’s Formula One team next year, said he will be using the event, the final round of the French championship and the Clio R3 West European Trophy, to build on his experience after he crashed out of the Sicilian competition, despite setting some impressive stage times.

"I'm interested in all categories of motorsport and I particularly like rally," said the Pole. "It's a very demanding and spectacular category and I have been thinking about participating in a rally for quite a while so joining the Renault F1 Team has created the perfect opportunity to try this out.

"I will approach the event cautiously, without any particular objective. The roads in the south of France are as nice as they are challenging and I will try to enjoy it as much as I can behind the wheel of the Clio Renault Sport R3 Maxi of Team Chazel."

Jean-François Caubet, Renault’s F1 Managing Director, commented: "As the team continues with its preparations for the start of the 2010 Formula One season, we look forward to seeing Robert taking part in the rally behind the wheel of the Clio Renault Sport R3. Rally is a category which promotes interaction between drivers and spectators and I'm sure Robert will have many fans supporting him on the stages."

Among those fans will be Bertrand Baguette, the Belgian F1 hopeful who is due to test for Renault at the start of next month after winning this year’s World Series by Renault, a title Kubica won in 2005. The Rallye du Var takes place on 27-29 November.