Last week Subaru announced that they will continue with their motorsport activities in 2013, and will officially take part in Japan’s Super GT Series, the iconic 24 Hours of Nurburgring and support drivers in the FIA World Rally Championship 2 (WRC2) and the European Rally Championship (ERC).
In the Super GT Series – class and series - the team will be run in collaboration R&D Sport with Tetsuya Yamano and Kouta Sasaki as drivers. The two will have at their disposal the BRZ GT300 race car that is currently being developed by STI under the supervision of Hideharu Tatsumi, General Manager of STI Motorsport Project . The race car will feature the same front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout as the BRZ production model with the boxer turbo engine mounted in the front.
It will be the sixth consecutive year that STI will be competing in the 24 Hours of Nurburgring (May 17-20) and will be looking for their third consecutive win – after 2011 and 2012 in the SP3T class. The team will be fielding Japanese drivers Toshihiro Yoshida and Kouta Sasaki plus two European drivers. The car is based on Subaru WRX STI four-door model, but with a lowered center of gravity and naturally other performance enhancements, including improved aerodynamics. The team will be run by last year’s team manager Hideharu Tatsumi.
Regarding the FIA International Rally Series, Subaru will continue to support drivers in both WRC2 and ERC, but not take officially part.
Subaru will release more detailed plans in the coming weeks.