Kubica to enter final round of World Rally Championship

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Former Formula One driver Robert Kubica is set to enter the final round of the 2013 World Rally Championship as his comeback from injury takes another step forward.

The Polish driver raced in F1 between 2006 and 2010, winning one grand prix and firmly announcing himself as a star for the future. However, whilst rallying ahead of the 2011 F1 season, an accident saw Kubica suffer severe injuries to his right arm that meant he could not race as planned for Lotus Renault that year, and it appeared to put an end to an incredibly promising motorsport career.

However, following a lengthy recovery, Kubica returned to action in 2012 behind the wheel of a rally car, and this led to him competing in the WRC2 championship (supporting the World Rally Championship) this season. The Pole currently leads with two rounds remaining.

Now though, Kubica’s comeback will take another step forward as he steps up to the World Rally Championship for the first time for the final round of the season in Great Britain.

“This one-off outing for the works team is a great opportunity for me, but it’s also a huge challenge,” Kubica explained. “Wales Rally GB wasn’t part of my original programme, so I’m very happy to be able to have this precious experience.”

Kubica will get behind the wheel of a Citroen DS3 for the championship finale that will be held in Wales, although the title has already been won by Sebastien Ogier. The Frenchman ended Sebastian Loeb’s run of nine consecutive world titles this year by virtue of his compatriot’s decision to compete in only a handful of races.

Besides his rally commitments, Kubica has also completed work in the  simulator for Mercedes AMG F1 Team this season.

Have a decent tax refund coming? Buy Ayrton Senna’s 1993 Monaco-winning car

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Are you expecting a better than normal tax refund? Did you get a very nice bonus from your company due to the new tax cut?

Well, if you have a good chunk of change hanging around and potentially can be in Monaco on May 11, you can have a chance to bid on the 1993 McLaren-Ford MP4/8A that the late Ayrton Senna drove in — and won — that year’s Monaco Grand Prix.

We’re not just talking about any race winner. It’s also the same car Senna won his sixth Monaco Grand Prix, and the chassis bears the number six.

It’s also the same car Senna piloted to that season’s F1 championship (his third and final title before sadly being killed the next year) and is the first McLaren driven by Senna that’s ever been sold or put up for auction.

The famed Bonhams auction house is overseeing the sale of the car.

“Any Grand Prix-winning car is important, but to have the golden combination of both Senna and Monaco is a seriously rare privilege indeed,” Bonhams global head of motorsport, Mark Osborne, told The Robb Report.

“Senna and Monaco are historically intertwined, and this car represents the culmination of his achievements at the Monegasque track. This is one of the most significant Grand Prix cars ever to appear at auction, and is certainly the most significant Grand Prix car to be offered since the Fangio Mercedes-Benz W196R, which sold for a world record at auction.”

How much might you need? You might want to get a couple of friends to throw in a few bucks as well.

“We expect the car to achieve a considerable seven-figure sum,” Osborne said.

The London newspaper “The Telegraph” predicts the car will sell in the $6.1 million range.”

“This car will set the world record for a Senna car at auction,” Osborne said. “We are as certain as you can be in the auction world.”

While you won’t be able to take the car for a test drive before the auction, it’ll be ready to roar once you pay the price.

“In theory, the buyer could be racing immediately upon receipt of the cleared funds after the auction,” Osborne said. “All systems are primed and ready.”