Renault driver Robert Kubica will contest the world-famous Monte Carlo Rally again next month.
The Pole, who is an avid rally fan and has entered several lower-level events between grands prix in recent years, had tried to compete in Monte Carlo last year, only for his car to fail before the start.
The Monte Carlo Rally is regarded as one of the world’s toughest events, as competitors tackle unpredictable changes from dry through wet to snowy and icy mountain roads, competing both in daylight and after dark.
It is currently not a round of the World Rally Championship, but has become the blue-riband event in the second-string Intercontinental Rally Challenge.
The car Kubica will use is not currently confirmed.
He is expected to drive a Renault again, having done all his recent rallying in Clios, in which case he would not be judged against the IRC front-runners as Renault only enters cars in the smaller classes further down the field.
But Renault’s major new deal with Group Lotus does raise the possibility that Kubica could use a car from Lotus’ owner Proton, which runs Satrias in the IRC’s top S2000 class.
The 2011 Monte Carlo Rally runs from 19-22 January