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Mark Hig­gins’ prepa­ra­tions for his Isle of Man TT record lap were in­ter­rupted by snow last week – but the triple Bri­tish Rally Cham­pion still bagged plenty of data in his Subaru of Amer­ica WRX STI.

Hig­gins was test­ing the Pro­drive-built car on the Isle of Man’s Round Ta­ble stage for two morn­ings last week – the sec­ond of which was all-but lost to the win­try con­di­tions.

“The car was fan­tas­tic,” said Hig­gins. “It was ex­actly what I’d hoped it would be like and re­ally spe­cial to drive a car pur­pose­built for the job. The team has done a fan­tas­tic job. We’ve found a very good base set-up. We knew it wasn’t go­ing to be a mil­lion miles away when we got to the test and that’s what we found.

“The con­di­tions will be quite dif­fer­ent when it comes to do­ing the ac­tual run, the tem­per­a­tures will be higher – it was two de­grees on the first day – and hope­fully it won’t be snow­ing! We didn’t do much on the sec­ond day. Given that the TT cir­cuit closes in the wet there wasn’t much to be gained by driv­ing: we don’t need a wet set-up.”

Hig­gins has been given three dates: June 4, 6 and 10 for his at­tempt to crack a 120mph av­er­age for the 37.75-mile lap. Be­tween now and then, he won’t test the Subaru again.

“We’ll do a sys­tems check at an air­field some­where be­fore we head over,” he said, “but the next time I get the chance to drive in anger will be head­ing down Bray Hill.”

Photos: James Gib­son, mck­lein-im­age­database.com, Al­fon­sas Rakauskas

Hig­gins’ Pro­drive Im­preza: “fan­tas­tic”

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