[Australia] Subaru WRX STI Tops Class at Nürburgring
Subaru’s turbocharged All-Wheel Drive WRX STI has charged to class victory in the 2018 Nürburgring 24-Hour Race.
Subaru Tecnica International (STI), the performance division of Subaru Corporation, won the SP3T class in the famed Nürburgring 24-Hour, held over the weekend in Germany.
The Subaru WRX STI NBR Challenge 2018 racing car is a development of the WRX STI road car.
The team started the race from pole position earned in qualifying, but experienced mechanical trouble in the early stage and trailed the competition.
However, the team technicians, including six mechanics chosen from Subaru dealers in Japan, addressed and solved the problem promptly and the car returned to the race.
The four drivers, Carlo van Dam (Netherlands), Tim Schrick (Germany), Hideki Yamauchi (Japan) and Takuto Iguchi (Japan), closed the gap and regained the top position around the 10th hour of the race.
With worsening weather conditions, the WRX STI’s Symmetrical AWD helped it pass some considerably more expensive competitors.
Engine trouble just an hour before the finish forced the car back into the pit area, but it returned to the track thanks to great teamwork, finishing the race with a win in the SP3T class and took 62nd overall.
It marks the fifth win in the SP3T class for the Subaru/STI team, avenging a loss in 2017.
Nürburgring - also known as the “Green Hell” - is one of the most challenging and dangerous tracks in the world.
STI is based in Mitaka, Tokyo, and manages Subaru’s motorsport activities under the leadership of President Yoshio Hirakawa. The team in Germany was led by General Team Manager, Hideharu Tatsumi.
The SP3T class is for turbocharged cars with an engine of 2.0 litres or less.