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IRC: Subaru commits to new 'Challenge'

Subaru: We are very happy to join the IRC, a series that we have been keenly observing since its creation three years ago.
Eurosport Events, the promoter of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, has announced that Subaru will join the IRC next year with the aim of supporting its customer competition business with the legendary Group N Impreza.

"We are very honoured to welcome Subaru competitors into the IRC family, which gets bigger and better. Subaru is an iconic name in motorsport, which has been a mainstay of customer competition for many years," said IRC general manager, Marcello Lotti.

"Subaru's strategy fits in perfectly with the philosophy of the IRC and we are convinced that our series will offer Subaru teams plenty of success and strong international media exposure."

"We are very happy to join the IRC, a series that we have been keenly observing since its creation three years ago," added Shigeo Sugaya, motorsports director of Subaru. "The IRC provides an ideal arena to develop our customer competition activities.

"With approximately 1,000 Subaru cars rallying around the world, this is a great opportunity for our customers to take part in the famous rallies showcased by the IRC and to benefit from the excellent promotion that comes with it."

In 2009, seven manufacturers were represented in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge with Abarth, Honda, Peugeot, Proton, Ralliart, Skoda and Volkswagen going head-to-head.


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ipg66

December 06, 2009 1:21 PM

Bit unfair to say Subaru are crap in the PWRC - Al Attiyah got two wins in 2009 (Argentina/Italy) & one second place (Greece, albeit subsequently excluded on a technical infringement). He finished 3rd overall in the championship with Arai 5th in a similar car. PS - unlikely to be Petter in the IRC, he looks likely to be sticking with a C4 for 2010 (via his own team still).

Twin Cam Sam - Unregistered

December 08, 2009 7:09 PM

People should remember that Prodrive gave Subaru the sucess they had in the WRC over the years, however, the cars were dogs from 05 thru to 08. The problem wasn't so much with the Boxer engine, as with the suspension and dampers. Petter always complained of the car's handling being unpredictable, and a as result he lacked confidence. Maybe, this was down to his capabilities as a test and development driver to an extent, but it seemed to be a damper problem, and Prodrive seemed unable to cure this on the 07 & 08 cars. Additionally, the Prodrive developed N14 production car was a dog - it's predecessor the N12 was better. Ask the Higgins brothers. I hear they are bringing out an N16?



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