Subaru Team Secures 10th US Rally Championship


Subaru Motorsports USA driver, David Higgins, secured his 10th U.S. rally championship this October with co-driver Craig Drew. The series was a battle between Higgins and fellow Subaru teammates, 17-year-old Oliver Solberg and his co-driver Aaron Johnston. The two pairs of drivers competed in identically prepared Open Class WRX STI rally cars, with only experience and young talent left to separate them.

 

The beginning of the series showed promising for Solberg as he placed second at 100 Acre Wood and claimed his first U.S. win at Olympus Rally next. Higgins continued to fight strong however, and came out on top at May’s Oregon Trail Rail, claiming his first win of the season. While Higgins missed his mark at the Idaho Rally International, he fired back with victories at the New England Forest Rally and the Ojibwe Forest Rally. After placing second at the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally, Higgins and Drew secured the championship title win with one more event remaining: Michigan’s Lake Superior Performance Rally.

 

With both Subaru teams wanting to close-out the season on a high-note, Higgins and Solberg sought to battle it out in friendly competition. Higgins led the way, winning the first four stages throughout the day; however, he lost the race after hitting a tree-stump in the fifth  stage. Solberg inherited the lead and dominated the night stages, claiming the victory to the last and final race.

 

“From the beginning of the season our focus has been on the championship,” said Higgins after the event. “Of course it’s disappointing not to end the season with the performance we wanted, especially here at LSPR where we’ve won in the past, but I’m very proud to have earned my tenth title. We put together strong events when we needed to, and lots of credit to Craig and the rest of the team for all their hard work this year as well.”

 

“It’s been a long season, and a fantastic season!” Solberg said. “Last race of the year, and we won it. It’s just amazing to end it on this high. Thanks to Subaru and thanks to Vermont SportsCar for this incredible experience.”

 

After Solberg claimed the final event win, he and Johnston secured third place for the final standings, and both Solberg and Higgins walked away with three victories for the season. Subaru has now won an impressive thirteen of the last fourteen U.S. rally titles dating back to 2006. Higgins and Drew have claimed eight of those after being with the team for nine years. Since Higgins’ earned the ARA driver’s title and the Americas Rallycross (ARX) team secured their championship in the beginning of October, Subaru Motorsports USA has become the first team ever to win both U.S. championships in the same year.

 

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