Subaru confirms manufacturer status for 2012 IRC season

by Alasdair Lindsay

Subaru has confirmed they will once again register for manufacturer status in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, meaning select drivers of the Subaru Impreza R4 will be nominated for points throughout the season.

Fuji Heavy Industries has confirmed their long serving factory driver Toshi Arai will return for a full season, along with two new drivers to the Subaru fold.

“In addition to Arai, Subaru will be supporting Jarkko Nikara from Finland and Andreas Aigner from Austria in 2012,” a joint statment between Fuji Heavy Industries and Subaru Tecnica International confirmed.

Andreas Aigner, a former semi-works Skoda driver and 2008 PWRC champion, will be driving a Stohl Racing run Impreza, with a programme expected to include the French, Belgian, Romanian, Czech and Cypriot rounds of the championship. Nikara’s programme will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

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