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Grip : GRIP May 2012
SPORT GRIP WRX STI WINS NURBURGRING 24 HOUR RACE SUBARU’S WRX STI has won its class at the Nurburgring 24 Hour race for the second successive year. Competing on the full 25.4 kilometre course, which includes the modern Grand Prix track combined with the infamous “Green Hell” course, the WRX STI completed 136 laps, or 3451.4km, to win the SP3T class for turbocharged cars under two litres. The car finished 28th overall of the 111 finishers and eight laps ahead of its closest surviving class rival. Another 68 cars did not finish the marathon test of endurance and speed. Driven by Toshihiro Yoshida, Carlo van Dam, Marcel Engels and Kouta Sasaki, the car started the race having qualified third in the class. Sasaki was first to drive and immediately gained a place in class on the first lap. After this, drivers took turns every nine laps in the order of van Dam, Engels and then Yoshida, with the WRX STI passing a VW Sirocco to take the class lead on lap 33. After five hours the race moved into the night section and a series of crashes and accidents occurred on the course, allowing the car to increase its class lead. However, after nine hours it was found the front left hub was loose when the car returned to the pit for a routine driver change and refuel. Nearly a lap was lost – but not the class lead – while the brake assembly and hub were replaced. Rain star ted falling at dawn causing several more accidents, although the WRX STI was unaf fected thanks to its All-Wheel Drive transmission. A broken oil line was fixed at the three quarters distance, again without losing the class lead. For the last six hours, the car ran faultlessly to the finish. “We wanted to prove that we didn’t win the class by just a fluke last year,” said Hideharu Tatsumi, the team manager. “Once again the race proved to be very tough. However, I think it means a lot to win the class again.” INSIDE GRIP HOME PAGE INSURANCE & FINANCE CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE REPAIRS & SERVICE SALES AMBASSADOR WHAT’S IN THE PRESS TRENDS DEALER RANKINGS NPS SCORES SPORT
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