Built by Subaru specialist Scooby Clinic, Dmitrij Sribnyj’s Impreza Clubman Supercar was a significant step up from the Production 4x4 version.
Despite suffering from a bit of body roll, mainly from running on gravel rally suspension, the handling was positive and precise. Although the car still had the traditional Impreza understeer, it was significantly less than in the Production version.
This Impreza boasts 400bhp, with a PPG sequential gearbox. I have driven a number of different cars with sequential gearboxes, but this was pretty nice to use, a light pull backwards on the gear lever swiftly gave you the next gear, using the flat-shift with your right foot buried on the throttle.
The engine was responsive and, combined with quick gear changes of the six-speed ’box, you got up to pace quickly even out of the slow corners. The car went where you wanted. There were no nasty surprises, and six-pot front calipers brought it to a rather abrupt halt, made easier by changing down the gearbox by simply making a short, sharp push forwards on the lever.
Sribnyj is yet to fit a gear indicator, so my meagre brain struggled with computing which of the six gears I was in, even in only a few laps, but that’s something that’s easily solved.
Clubman Supercar essentials
Clubman Supercar uses the same regulations as the British Rallycross Championship Supercar division, but isn’t aimed at the Julian Godfreys and Pat Dorans of the sport. Cars are fourwheel drive and can produce anywhere up to 600bhp. The Supercars only race at Pembrey and Croft.