HIG­GINS HUN­GRY FOR MORE US SUC­CESS

GROUP RAL­LY­ING EDI­TOR

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - Prom­e­nade Stages re­port, p30

De­spite clinch­ing an eighth Amer­i­can ti­tle, Manx­man David Hig­gins’ ap­petite for State­side suc­cess re­mains as strong as ever and he’ll re­turn next year in search of more vic­to­ries.

Hig­gins’ fourth win of the sea­son at last month’s Ojibwe Forests Rally was enough to put him out of reach of his near­est chal­lenger with one Rally Amer­ica round re­main­ing this year.

Suc­cess in Min­nesota sealed his sixth straight ti­tle and his 27th win from 41 Rally Amer­ica starts since he re­turned to the se­ries with Sub­aru Rally Team USA in 2011.

Hig­gins had al­ready won the SCCA Pro Rally ti­tle with Mit­subishi in 2002 and 2003. With talk of a break­away Amer­i­can rally se­ries next sea­son, Hig­gins’ pre­cise plans for 2017 re­main un­clear apart from the fact that he’ll be back be­hind the wheel of his WRX STI.

“It could be that we do all of one se­ries or the other,” he said. “Or we could do all of them both or just se­lected rounds. At the mo­ment I don’t know and I’m not too wor­ried about that. I’m work­ing with a fan­tas­tic team, we have a great car and the ral­lies are all on amaz­ing roads. Yes, it would be nice to do some stuff out­side of Amer­ica – we did look at do­ing some events in New Zealand and us­ing Sub­aru’s Launch Con­trol [Youtube] chan­nel to mar­ket the pro­gramme – but we’re about sell­ing cars in Amer­ica.”

While the main­stay of his 2017 pro­gramme will be ral­ly­ing, it re­mains pos­si­ble Hig­gins could switch to Sub­aru USA’S Global Ral­ly­cross ef­fort.

“I’d also like to do some ral­ly­cross,” said Hig­gins. “I’ve done some test­ing for the team and the cars are very in­ter­est­ing – that could give me more of a per­sonal chal­lenge.” ● For­mer Sub­aru World Rally Team driver Chris Atkin­son made his GRC de­but with Sub­aru USA in At­lantic City at the end of last month, where he made the fi­nal but re­tired with a punc­ture.

David Hig­gins won in the USA... again

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