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Old 01-04-2017, 08:35 PM   #1
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Subaru's biggest step forward to date in their bid to become GRC champions announced today:

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Cherry Hill, N.J. - Subaru Rally Team USA announced today Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) star Patrik Sandell and former Subaru World Rally Team driver Chris Atkinson will spearhead the factory team’s 2017 rallycross efforts. The two drivers will compete in the 2017 Red Bull GRC at the wheel of 2017 Subaru WRX STI GRC Supercar prepared by Subaru technical partner Vermont SportsCar.

“Subaru is very excited to have Patrik and Chris join our factory program,” stated Subaru Motorsports Marketing Manager Rob Weir. “We’re confident they have the proper mix of skill and experience to bring us success in Red Bull GRC.”

Swede Patrik Sandell is one of the Red Bull GRC’s brightest stars and consistently one of the top drivers in the series. Since his GRC debut in 2013, Sandell has claimed 11 podiums and 3 race victories. Before joining Red Bull GRC Sandell was a standout in stage rally where he won the Swedish Junior Rally Championship in 2004, the Swedish N3 Rally Championship in 2005, then the Junior World Rally Championship in 2006. In 2010, he also finished second overall in the S-WRC.

“To finally be a part of the Subaru family is a childhood dream coming true,” said Sandell. “I was watching Subaru cars rallying all over the world as a kid, and I am now very proud to be in those same shoes. Subaru have been able to create a unique passion around its’ brand and cars that I really like, as I am so passionate about both rally and rallycross myself. I am really looking forward to meeting all the Subaru fans out there that share my passion for the sport. It feels like this is where I belong.”

Joining Sandell will be Australian Chris Atkinson who in late 2016 joined Subaru for four Red Bull GRC rounds. A former Subaru World Rally Team driver, with over 70 WRC starts in his career including 41 WRC stage wins and six podiums, Atkinson had never raced in rallycross before 2016 but seemed right at home in the much more powerful Subaru WRX STI GRC Supercar. In just his third GRC weekend Atkinson earned the pole position at the 2016 GRC Los Angeles, a first for Subaru in the sport.

“I enjoyed my first taste of rallycross last year with the team, and it’s clear to see the potential both the team and the car have,” explains Atkinson. “I’m excited to come on board full-time with the squad, and I can’t wait to get started. The guys are working so hard in Vermont in the off-season now to really give Patrik and I something very special to drive in 2017.”

Sandell and Atkinson complete the Subaru Rally Team USA factory driver roster with teammates David Higgins and Travis Pastrana. Sandell and Atkinson will focus on GRC while Higgins and Pastrana will focus on stage rally in the newly formed American Rally Association (ARA). The Subaru program will also make efforts to explore opportunities to enter Higgins or Pastrana in select GRC rounds in 2017.


Very much to be excited about for a Subaru fan!
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Old 01-06-2017, 03:20 AM   #3
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Yeay looking forward to this season. Glad to see Catko behind the wheel of a Subaru again too.
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Old 01-06-2017, 08:48 AM   #4
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I'll be tuning is as always. It'll be interesting to see how the revised chassis and new drivers due. I'm still leaning towards a torque need but I'm also an engine guy.
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Old 01-07-2017, 12:56 PM   #5
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Wheelbase is probably a bigger disadvantage for subaru, although the focus did pretty good in the world rx.
IDK if vw pulling out of other motorsports will mean a bigger budget for them in grc or if they will slack off a bit.
GRC to me always seem sooo boring I can never manage to sit through a full race, jokers need to be longer, not shorter, or wore the same length. Hopefully this season will be better, and hopefully subaru will get on the podium, but I'm not going to get my hopes up.
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Oh, chassis side is a given but the rule book has the limits on that hemmed up.
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Wheelbase is probably a bigger disadvantage for subaru, although the focus did pretty good in the world rx.
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Oh, chassis side is a given but the rule book has the limits on that hemmed up.
Homemade WRX is on the money. Comparatively, the Honda Civics' factory wheelbase is a full 2" longer than the WRX, but being allowed to shorten up the wheelbase in GRC gets all the cars a little closer to common ground. The Subie is still bigger than the Fords and VWs, but maybe not as big of a disadvantage as one might perceive.


The new Launch Control introducing the GRC line-up(starts around the 10 min mark).
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but being allowed to shorten up the wheelbase in GRC gets all the cars a little closer to common ground. The Subie is still bigger than the Fords and VWs, but maybe not as big of a disadvantage as one might perceive
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So, not exactly close to "common ground" but a little closer At least they give a some extra help to the larger cars(Hyundai, Subaru, Honda).
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Some footage of Atko's GRC car in Japan with Toshi at the wheel:

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2017 GRC schedule:

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TV Schedule is up:

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GRC this weekend!

FWIW, I think, from a fan's perspective, this off season has been the best yet with the team keeping the fans engaged the last few months on social media and RedBull GRC has given Subaru more love the last few months than ever before.

Looking forward to seeing the progression of the Subaru GRC team continue!

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Hey Shik

I'm curious where you found this pic
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TV Schedule is up:

Very vague about what timezones those are supposed to be in.
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Very vague about what timezones those are supposed to be in.
All are Eastern Time.
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All are Eastern Time.
awesome, thanks!
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Old 04-26-2017, 01:11 PM   #18
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I'm curious where you found this pic
I think it was from one of Chris Atkinson's pages a while back.
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So has there been any official word on Bucky? Is he fired? moving to rally?
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how anyone watches this series is beyond me..
let me know when subaru steps their game up by getting
dialed in and moving to real rallycross.. fia world rallycross. aka
the best and most entertaining circuit based motorsport series...

not even sure how this series still exists to be honest. i saw the money
they were searching for in the off season in order to simply continue another year.
i'm amazed they apparently got it.
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how are you watching world rx (wrx?)? Its not televised this year, fords exclusive broadcasting rights make it horrible, and searching for 4min clips of the event on youtube has already gotten old for me.

I agree grc is lame, the .5 sec FASTER joker kills any chance of racing or strategy, whoever is out front takes it the first chance they get and then the race is over.
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Even with Atkinson's heat win I'm afraid there's still a gap between the VW's and everyone else. Things didn't go smoothly at all so hopefully the subsequent rounds prove to be better.
Got to say I'm psyched to have the series coming to Thompson in June since I live in CT. It's a "home race" for SRT USA and the spectator turnout will likely be really good.
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The 2 VWs are likely the fastest / best Rallycross cars in the world right now.
Those 2 cars are also brand new builds from Germany, and they are receiving full factory support from VW Motorsport this year.

Memphis will prove to have been the toughest track for us this year, it's too bad it was the season opener. With tighter tracks coming up, the improvements we've made will help going forward
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Still Atko had a impressive practice heat though
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Here's a great short article Chris Atkinson wrote a few days ago. Great explanation from a drivers point of view why they just didn't go out and finish first and second the entire weekend.

http://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/20...ing-potential/
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