Subaru delays Red Bull GRC return


Subaru have announced that they won’t be competing in this weekend’s Red Bull Global Rallycross round in Dallas in order to complete more testing with their new WRX STI GRC Supercar.

The Vermont Sports Car-run team missed the season opener in Phoenix a fortnight ago and had initially made plans to run one car in Dallas for Sverre Isachsen, before running their full two-car team with Bucky Lasek later in the season.

Now in a statement issued by the team, they have revealed that their return has been pushed back to July to allow them to test further with their new car.

The WRX STI model has faced a difficult birth in Red Bull GRC, with it’s initial introduction being moved from 2014 to 2015. It then struggled to get up to speed last season, resulting in the team missing the Washington DC round before reverting to the older hatchback model for the flyaway races in Barbados. The car was reportedly rebuilt from the ground up in the off-season in preparation for this season.

“Subaru Rally Team USA has announced today they will not compete in this weekend’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship event in Dallas, June 3-4,” the team said in a statement. “On May 17th Subaru of America, Inc. announced a multi-year plan for Subaru Rally Team USA’s participation in the burgeoning Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship. Subaru Rally Team USA, jointly managed by Subaru motorsports arm Subaru Tecnica International and Subaru technical partner Vermont SportsCar will substantially increase testing and development work on the new Subaru WRX STI GRC Supercar in 2016.”

“The Subaru program will intensify its technical efforts to target winning the series’ Drivers and Manufacturer’s championships in 2017,” it continued. “Team drivers Bucky Lasek and Sverre Isachsen will drive for the team in the 2016 Red Bull GRC while long-time Subaru driver David Higgins will increase his role with the team as the lead test driver.”

The team also revealed that both Isachsen and Lasek have been testing the car in recent weeks and a further update on the team’s 2016 plans will be made in due course.

In a post on their Facebook page, Vermont Sports Car have urged any fans who were hoping to see the team in Dallas to get in touch with them.

“We appreciate that its a bummer for our fans who may have expected to see us, and we are truly sorry for that. If you were headed to Dallas to see us please email us and let us know, we’ll try our best to make up for it,” the team said.

  • VincePettit

    Dammit, that’s annoying! https://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2016/05/subaru-skip-season-opener/ and Bucky need to be out there soon!

  • bcfadem

    Even if the STI rarely gets on the podium it’s just not the same without them. Not to mention Block’s absence!

  • VincePettit

    bcfadem yeah they are definitely missed!