Hard-Fought 7th The 2013 rallycross team’s three drivers put increasing pressure on their rivals throughout the Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) season. Becoming more competitive with every round of the GRC calendar, Subaru drivers Sverre Isachsen, Dave Mirra, and Bucky Lasek frequently led heat races, contending with lighter, more powerful cars than their completely revised WRX STIs.
Isachsen ended up the best of the three Subaru drivers with a 7th overall for the season – eight contended rounds in which he ended up on the podium twice – at X Games Los Angeles and the GRC event in Atlanta. (Lasek finished 11th and Mirra 12th.)
Lasek closed out his season by earning the prestigious 2013 Sportsmanship Award, which was voted on by all GRC competitors.
#11, #81, #40 Subaru WRX STI With revisions for the 2013 season, the three 600-horsepower Subaru rallycross WRX STIs were lighter and more powerful than the previous year. Their suspensions were upgraded to World Rally Championship (WRC) specifications. Plus, they featured other changes such as placement of the radiators in the rear of the cars to keep flying dirt and mud from clogging them and causing the cars to overheat.
Photo: Lars Gange | rally.subaru.com
Called the Viking Warrior, Isachsen hails from Norway, where he made his debut in the European RallyCross Championship in 2002. He won that championship three years running – 2009-2011. For 2014, he attacks the GRC with Subaru for the third year in a row.
X Games Skateboard Vert champion Lasek, of Encinitas, California, returns after honing his skills at rallycross the last three years. He claims that he’s ready to be more aggressive in the GRC for 2014, and we can’t wait to see how that plays out!
Rallycross: What to Watch for in 2014
|2014 Global RallyCross Championship Schedule
|May 17-18, Top Gear Festival, Barbados
||August 2-3, Detroit, MI
|June 7, X Games, Austin, TX
||August 22-23, Daytona Beach, FL
|June 21-22, Washington D.C.
||September 19-20, Los Angeles, CA
|July 19-20, New York, NY
||September 26-27, Seattle, WA
|July 25-26, Charlotte, NC
||November 5, Las Vegas, NV