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Grip : GRIP July 2011
wrx sti wins class at nurburgring 24-hour MOTORSPORT GRIP THE Nurburgring 24-hour race in Germany is one of the greatest tests of a motorcar, and the Subaru WRX STI has come through with flying colours, winning its class in the epic endurance test for the first time. The WRX STI was entered in the SP3T class, for sub-2 .0 litre turbocharged vehicles. Not only did it beat home its immediate rivals, it finished 21st overall from a field that totaled over 210 on the start line. The Nürburgring comprises a 25.378 kilometre circuit, which is frequently used by the world’s leading car manufacturers, including Subaru, to test the limits of performance cars. It is a brutal test of car and driver, and considered one of the pinnacle events on the global motorsport calendar. The Subaru Tecnica International (STI) entry ran a total of 142 laps, which is around 3603.7 kilometres, through a day and a night. STI first participated in the race in 2008, with the goal of taking class honours. Dean Herridge handbrake slide in Targa hErriDgE Plans ahEaD “I AM VERY PROUD THAT WE WERE ABLE TO WIN THE TITLE THIS YEAR.” AFTER winning the Australian Targa Championship in Hobart in April, Subaru’s Dean Herridge has been taking a well-earned break at home with his family. But as you’d expect, the energetic West Australian is never idle. He’s been using the time to plan the nex t 12 months, which he hopes includes a title defence. “For the last 12 to 18 months the Australian Targa Championship was definitely my main focus and I am very proud that we were able to win the title this year,” Herridge said. “It is again on the radar for 2012 and we are talking to all the relevant par ties in regards to our involvement. “I am also focused on a couple of one-of f events both here and overseas. This includes seriously looking at the Bathurst Click here to see Subaru’s Nurburgring photos 12-Hour, which will run in February next year. “So there are a lot of things for us to work through at the moment, we are just taking our time and making sure that if we are involved we can do it at the right level. Of course, Dean made his name on gravel, and it seems while you can put the rally car on tarmac, you can’t take the gravel driver out of this tarmac racer. His use of the hand break on a corner on Targa High Country proved this point once and for all. You can check out his effort on YouTube, keeping the fans happy and reliving his glory days in dirt. CONTACT GRIP Editor INSIDE GRIP HOME PAGE PARTS & ACCESSORIES AFTERSALES MOTOR SHOW MARKETING SALES DEALER NEWS JARVIS SUBARU NEWS SALES TRENDS SPORT
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