Kubica in line for WRC promotion

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Former F1 driver Robert Kubica is in line to move up to a full-blooded World Rally Car as he continues to develop his rally career after leaving F1 due to injury.

Kubica last raced in F1 in 2010 before being seriously injured in a crash on the Ronde di Andora rally in February 2011.

The 2008 Canadian Grand Prix winner lies third in the junior WRC 2 series at the moment, driving a Citroen DS3 RRC. But Citroen team principal Yves Matton told Autosport Kubica could move up to the more powerful World Rally Car before the end of the season.

“He is fighting for the title at the moment and this is most important for him,” said Matton, “but if he wins this before the end of the season then why not?”

“We and he are not thinking about this for the moment, but it is possible.”

Kubica won the Greek and Italian WRC 2 rounds and placed second in Finland. He is within 17 points of leader Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari.

Earlier this year Kubica tested a DTM car as he continued to evaluate whether the injuries to his right arm sustained in the 2011 crash have healed sufficiently for him to be able to return to circuit racing.