Subaru increases its involvement in Canadian rallying
Subaru Canada announced their enhanced involvement in the future of the Canadian Rally Championship and revealed they wont field a works team in 2018.
The Canadian branch of the Japanese car manufacturer announced it would be more involved in the 2018 Canadian Rally Championship season in the form of an improved contingency and all-new rally purchase program.
Intended to strengthen the sport as a whole in the country, the programs will provide financial support to current and aspiring rally participants in Canada.
Rally Purchase Program
Open to Canadian residents holding current and valid CRC licences, the all-new Subaru Canada Rally Car Purchase Rebate Program is intended to provide current and aspiring participants with a rebate on any new Subaru vehicle for rally use.
Approved applicants to the program will be provided with a one-time rebate of up to $10,000 off the purchase price of any new 2017 model year or newer Subaru vehicle. The vehicle must be purchased through an authorized Canadian Subaru dealer, and it must be converted to rally specifications as per the CRC guidelines.
Effective April 1st, 2018 to March 31st, 2019, the rally purchase program is designed to bring even more competitors into Canadian rally competition.
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Subaru Rally Contingency
Subaru Canada, Inc. continues its contingency sponsorship for the 2018 CRC season, with an enhanced program that provides all participating Subaru entries with even more financial incentive opportunities.
For the 2018 season, any registered Subaru participants will be eligible for payouts for simply starting a national CRC event. Additional payouts will also be awarded for the top six Subaru finishers in every CRC event regardless of their overall finish, as well as every Subaru that finishes in the Top 6 overall. Subaru Canada will also provide payouts at the conclusion of the 2018 CRC season for the top Subaru drivers.
No more works team
With the conclusion of the 2017 CRC season, Subaru Rally Team Canada will no longer participate competitively. Subaru Canada, Inc., however, will continue its support as presenting sponsor of the 2018 CRC season.
Joined by Motorsport.com, 10-time Canadian rally champion and works driver for Subaru Canada, Antoine L’Estage didn’t want to reveal his plans for 2018.
“But I’m not going to retire,” he told us.
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