Robert Kubica to enter Renault Sport Trophy round at Spa

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Ex-Formula 1 driver Robert Kubica will continue his return to circuit racing at Spa-Francorchamps next weekend in the Renault Sport Trophy.

Kubica raced in F1 between 2006 and 2010, but sustained a serious injury to his right hand and arm in a rally crash ahead of the 2011 season that meant he was unable to return.

After undergoing rehabilitation that allowed him to return to motorsport in rallying, Kubica took part in a number of World Rally Championship events from 2013.

The Pole announced earlier this year that he would leave rallying after the Monte Carlo Rally at the start of 2016, before making his first circuit racing start since his accident at the 12 Hours of Mugello following an invitation from Mercedes.

On Thursday, Renault announced that Kubica had accepted an invitation to take part in a round its spec-championship for R.S.01 cars at Spa next weekend.

Kubica will race alongside Christophe Hamon for Duqueine Engineering at Spa, having completed a shakedown with the team earlier this week at Ales in France.

“I quickly felt at ease at the wheel of the R.S. 01, and even on a twisty track like Ales its qualities were immediately evident, especially the stopping power granted by the carbon discs,” Kubica said.

“I was impressed by how late into the corner you can brake and by the absence of body roll, even when you push to make the most of the available grip.

“I look forward to driving it at Spa, where all the downforce the car can generate will also come into play.”