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First time using the OBXT as a rally radio volunteer vehicle. Loved the extra room compared to my '02 WRX wagon which saw rally duty for 9 years. While I prefer the WRX's manual gearbox and the predictability of my gear selection, the 5EAT performed well on some very slippery, wet clay roads. The sunroof was a nice plus for some extra light as the day grew long. The power seats have adjustment options that the simpler WRX seats lacked, so I anticipate longer drives should be a bit more comfortable. It was a bit weird working a rally in the age of COVID, but still a wonderful experience! Video Link.
In N.A. rally, Subaru's have long reigned, but at NYFR the Ford Fiesta R2's and R5's were out in abundance! The top 2 cars have WRC heritage! Some other notables: 2020 Skoda Fabio, two 70's Ford Escorts, '86 Toyota Corolla (with Chris Duplessis consistently running in the top 10!), '84 Mazda RX-7, 90's Eagle Talon, 3 Bimmers, and a V8 Mustang!
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Winter rallies are always awesome since the snow makes everything so different. The heated seats in the Outback beckon me to look forward to either Sno-Drift (www.sno-drift.org) or Perce-Neige (Rallye Perce-Neige). PN might be shot down due to border crossing and COVID... Then again, MI has struggled with their COVID situation and high restrictions as well.
 

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That's some "real racing" there - dang! Does your 9 years of "rally duty" in your WRX include competing?

Does subaru have a factory sponsored team this year?
 

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That's some "real racing" there - dang! Does your 9 years of "rally duty" in your WRX include competing?

Does subaru have a factory sponsored team this year?
Oh, how I wish it included competition! But, no, too little income, plus I would probably be bad at it -- too worried about breaking the car. Volunteering at rallies with an amateur radio license has afforded me the opportunity to ride in some rally cars as radio for fast sweep and double zero. Fast sweep = first car behind competitors, has to move pretty quickly (50-60% of competitors) to aid the last competitor in the event of a crash. Double zero = Pre-runs the stage at 50-60% rally speed to verify the safety and logistics of the stage. Those assignments were a blast. "Working radio" can get you assignments in places most folks cannot get to, and very close to the action -- great for photos!
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I forgot to answer your question about Subaru Rally Team USA. Yes, they did/do have a "factory" team, but given the COVID mess and the number of cancelled or postponed rallies, you didn't hear about them or see them as usual. Travis Pastrana and Brandon Semenuk were the drivers this year. Robbie Durant and John Hall were the co-drivers/navigators.
Car construction and support (as usual) by Vermont Sports Car -- Subaru Motorsports USA website.
 
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