Former Grand Prix star and WRC driver Robert Kubica will try his luck in a LMP2 Prototype SMP Racing Dallara at Italy's Monza circuit later this May. Initially due to contest the full World Endurance Championship schedule this season in a Colin Kolles run LMP1 machine, Kubica made a last minute departure from the squad on the eve of the season opening Silverstone round to once again put on hold plans for a full time return to circuit competition. At the time the 32-year-old Pole admitted his circuit racing aspirations were merely postponed rather than shelved completely, and it appears that with the latest news of yet more seat time in a closed cockpit race car the ambition to return to a high level of tarmac racing remains as strong as ever. Scheduled to run at Monza as part of the SMP Racing teams Le Mans preparation, Kubica will get behind the wheel of the #27 Dallara P217 Gibson during a two-day test on May 23rd -24th. “It will be my pleasure and an honour to help SMP Racing prepare its car for a race as important as the Le Mans 24 Hours,” Kubica said. “We definitely have a lot of tasks for the two days of testing. But I am sure that, with Maurizio (Mediani) and Viktor (Shaytar) and the team, we will gather a lot of useful information to find the optimal set-up for the car.” It is thought that the test will not be with a view to Kubica driving during the 24 race itself, however the team acknowledge the experience of the Polish Grand Prix race winner could prove invaluable during the teams pre-race preparation, with main drivers Mikhail Aleshin and Sergey Sirotkin both engaged in other activities during the important test session. “It's an incredibly tight schedule, and so neither Mikhail Aleshin, nor Sergey Sirotkin were available for the Monza test,” Shaytar explained. “But the experience and skill of Maurizio Mediani and Robert Kubica is exactly what we need to set up our car.” Kubica has enjoyed plenty of circuit racing seat time over the past 18 months, with one off race events in both the Renault Sport Trophy and the 12 Hours of Mugello driving an AMG Mercedes complementing testing opportunities in endurance racing and more recently behind the wheel of a Formula E car, this first time in an open cockpit single seater since his time with the Renault Formula One team. Check out the Motorsport sub forum here at RaceDepartment for more news and discussion around the world of professional motorsports. Would you like to see Kubica participate in the WEC full time? Do you think the Polish driver has what it takes to become competitive again in circuit racing competition? Let us know in the comments section below!