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Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Next-Generation Subaru WRX Rally Car Scores First Rally Victory

Less than a month after its debut, the Subaru WRX rally car won its first rally taking first place in the 2023 Ojibwe Forests Rally. It’s the next-generation WRX’s win and the second straight American Rally Association (ARA) Championship win for driver Driver Brandon Semenuk and co-driver Keaton Williams.

Friday saw the start of competition at the 2023 Ojibwe Forests Rally, with long, fast stages kicking off the event. It was a banner day for Semenuk, Williams, and the new car: across Friday’s eight stages the team stayed on top of the leaderboard without a single mechanical issue – a remarkable debut for an all-new platform. Saturday’s remaining stages were a collection of shorter, more technically demanding runs that took place over narrow, rocky trails. A punctured tire near the end of the day was the only unexpected challenge for the team to overcome and was quickly resolved without drama or damage. Semenuk and Williams brought the new WRX rally car home to a first-place overall finish and the entire team celebrated an overall 2023 ARA Championship victory at weekend’s end.

The performance of the all-new Subaru WRX rally car at this year’s Ojibwe Forests Rally is a testament to the months of building, planning, and testing on the part of Subaru Motorsports USA and Vermont SportsCar, and team drivers Semenuk and Williams.

The team looks to replicate the top-notch performance all around at the Lake Superior Performance Rally in Michigan October 13 to 14, the final event of this year’s ARA calendar. Then it’s on to preparing for the 2024 ARA season, when Brandon and Keaton will be joined by a second car piloted by extreme sports legend Travis Pastrana.

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