The Subaru Forester put in great stage times at Rally Queensland, competing with cars that should be much faster
In our continuing coverage from the International Rally of Queensland, we catch up with Brett Middleton who rallies the MRT Performance Subaru Forester.
It was a great rally for Brett and co-driver Andrew Benefield who not only overcame the technical gremlins that impacted their last rallies but they also found speed – and were only 0.1 tenth outside getting a top 5 – and a bonus run-off – in the first stage of the Australian Rally Championship weekend. The first stage was a dash around a spectator superspecial at Nambour showgrounds.
The duo were able to keep up the pace throughout the rally, with time competitive with the other, but separate class, 4WD cars in the ARC. The Subaru Forester is a lot heavier than the outright, Group N derived rally cars and by rights the Forester should not be anywhere near the times of the Impreza and Evos. But despite having a lack of competition in the class, they have pushed on with development of the Forester and are gaining time all the way through. It was this drive for development that cost them reliability but now, with that seemingly solved, the team have surged ahead in their own development race.
We talk to Brett about the rally, what drives him and his team and how the rally team fits in with his professional life at MRT Performance.
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The Subaru Forester has had a lot of development since it started rallying despite not having direct competition
Interview by Sam Tickell, July 2013
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