Subaru Tecnica International (STi) is delighted to confirm the creation of the Subaru Challenge Award, which will be contested on all seven rounds of the FIA Production Car World Rally Championship and will offer a total prize fund of 95,000 Euros.

The Subaru Challenge Award (SCA) is for drivers in Subaru Impreza WRX STI GRB-model cars homologated to 2011 FIA Group N regulations. The new incentive will feature a round-by-round and end of season prize fund and is open to all competitors registered for the P-WRC as well as guest drivers nominated by the individual event organisers.

Registration is free subject to the completion of various entry requirements and competitors can register for the entire season or by the Monday prior to each event they contest.

STi will administer the award, which will be coordinated by Mike Corner under the supervision of STi Group N Project Manager George Donaldson and STi Chairman Hiroyuki Karamatsu. Makoto Shimamura has been appointed SCA Technical Manager. North One Sport, the promoter of the World Rally Championship, will provide promotional support.

Hiroyuki Karamatsu, Chairman of STi, said: "Having previously supported the Subaru Incentive Award from 2006 until 2009 we wanted to create a new incentive for our existing and new customers in the P-WRC as a means of recognising their ongoing and much valued support. In conjunction with North One Sport we have created an exciting new initiative that will further reward our customers as well as creating an additional competitive element in the P-WRC."

Patrik Flodin, a long-term STi customer and frontrunner in the P-WRC, added: "This is very good news. We are planning to do the P-WRC again next season in a Subaru and of course this will help because money is always a problem for drivers like me. Subaru already supports me but this is something extra and it should make more drivers consider using the Impreza in the P-WRC."

The inaugural Subaru Challenge Award will be contested on the following events:

Rally Sweden (snow): February 10-13
Vodafone Rally de Portugal (gravel): March 23-27
Rally Argentina (gravel): May 26-29
Neste Oil Rally Finland (gravel): July 28-30
Rally Australia (gravel): September 8-11
RACC Rally de Espana (asphalt/gravel): October 20-23
Wales Rally GB (gravel): November 10-13

Subaru Challenge Award points will be appointed to the first eight eligible finishers as follows:

First = 10 points
Second = 8
Third = 6
Fourth = 5
Fifth = 4
Sixth = 3
Seventh = 2
Eighth = 1

The Subaru Challenge Award round-by-round prize fund will be allocated as follows:

First = 5,000 Euros
Second = 3,000 Euros
Third = 2,000 Euros

The Subaru Challenge Award end-of-season prize fund will be allocated as follows:

First = 15,000 Euros
Second = 7,500 Euros
Third = 2,500 Euros

Competitors interested in registering for the Subaru Challenge Award should contact: Mike Corner, email:, telephone: +44 7785 273827 or visit:
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