Sydney, Australia: Subaru Australia has announced its newly formed team will be called Subaru do Motorsport, in line with the company’s new brand direction announced this week.
To mark the brand’s return to domestic rallying, Subaru has released a mock-up of the team’s All-Wheel Drive WRX STI, showing the ongoing links to the classic World Rally (WR) Blue colour scheme – but drawing on a modern inspirations reflecting the active lifestyle of Subaru’s customer base.
“We’ve been amazed by the fantastic reaction since we announced our rallying return, so it’s great to be able to share the design direction with the fans,” said Subaru Australia Managing Director, Nick Senior.”
Senior also revealed that Subaru’s rally driver, Molly Taylor, will pair with one of Australia’s most experienced navigators, Bill Hayes, on the 2016 Australian Rally Championship campaign.
Hayes has previous history with Subaru, having paired with Dean Herridge before Subaru Rally Team Australia disbanded in November 2005.
Next up for the team is testing of the WRX STI following an intense build program at Les Walkden Rallying in Tasmania.
With the season-opening Quit Forest Rally scheduled for April 22-24 in Western Australia, Taylor is keen to get some serious kilometres in the car.
One advantage is Hayes’ resident status in WA. His experience on the uniquely challenging surfaces south of Busselton will be invaluable on Taylor’s debut Subaru event.
“The momentum’s building quickly and it’s been so exciting to see the positive response to Subaru’s rally return. From children on social media to motorsport fans, the vibe is just fantastic,” said Taylor.
2016 AUSTRALIAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP CALENDAR
Round 1 – Quit Forest Rally WA, April 22-24
Round 2 – National Capital Rally, ACT, May 27-29
Round 3 – International Rally of QLD, June 17-19
Round 4 – Rally SA, September 9-11
Round 5 – Rally Australia, Coffs Harbour, NSW, November 18-20