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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SubieLover - Unregistered

December 07, 2009 3:16 AM

Prodrive is whom killed Subaru WRT. They never followed the advice given to them by various drivers. The engine was not placed in the proper position thus making the car nose-heavy (amoung other probs. the car had). Prodrive had plenty of time to fix the car, but they had their eyes on another price: F1. And Prodrive has taken some good beatings in its attempt to get into the F1, and now on their 3rd or 4th attempt, they are trying to get in there with Renoult (sp). Petter has done miracles with his old Xsara, he sure did show that he still has a fighting spirit and now in a C4, more goddies to come for Petter. So before knocking Petter, do some reading.


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).

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