The Subaru Challenge Award has been created by Subaru Tecnica International (STi) and will be contested on all seven rounds of the PWRC starting with this week’s Rally Sweden.
It’s open to drivers in Subaru Impreza WRX STi GRB-model cars homologated to 2011 FIA Group N regulations. The new incentive will feature a round-by-round and end of season prize fund and is open to all competitors registered for the PWRC as well as guest drivers nominated by the individual event organisers.
Registration is free subject to the completion of various entry requirements and competitors can register for the entire season or by the Monday prior to each event they contest.
STi will administer the series in conjunction with World Rally Championship promoter North One Sport. Mike Corner will coordinate the SCA under the supervision of STi Group N project manager George Donaldson and STi chairman Hiroyuki Karamatsu. Makoto Shimamura has been appointed SCA technical manager.
Hiroyuki Karamatsu, chairman of STi, said: “Having previously supported the Subaru Incentive Award from 2006 until 2009 we wanted to create a new incentive for our existing and new customers in the PWRC as a means of recognising their ongoing and much valued support. In conjunction with North One Sport we have created an exciting new initiative that will further reward our customers as well as creating an additional competitive element in the PWRC.”
Patrik Flodin, a long-term STi customer and an expected frontrunner in the PWRC with the Russian Uspenskiy Rally Tecnica operation this season, added: “One of the biggest struggles every driver faces is to find the budget to go rallying. Subaru is already widely acknowledged for its excellent customer support programme but this new initiative further enhances that package while providing drivers like me with a vital helping hand.”
Six Subaru Imprezas will be in action in the PWRC in Sweden.