Swann to Track­rod in Subaru S12B

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Robert Swann will take his Subaru Impreza S12B WRC onto gravel for the first time on the Track­rod Rally in two weeks’ time.

A reg­u­lar na­tional rally fron­trun­ner, Swann has com­peted on as­phalt in 2015 but will make the switch af­ter pick­ing up a rare gravel kit for the Pro­drive ma­chine.

“We’re go­ing to con­vert the car in the next cou­ple of weeks and try and get a shake­down in it be­fore the event,” ex­plained Swann. “We’ve not run it on gravel be­fore. We’ve man­aged to get a gravel kit from WRC Spares.

“I just thought I’d love to try this car as we run the old S11 on gravel, and had some suc­cess with that. “[Pet­ter] Sol­berg used it on Rally Jor­dan. Xavier Pons had it, it had more mileage with Robert Ku­bica as he drove it with First Parts.”

Swann, who will be co-driven on the Track­rod by Aled Davies, also plans to do the Wyedean later this year be­fore head­ing out to com­pete on the gravel-based Rally Trinidad in March 2017.

Swann’s last ap­pearence on gravel was the Tem­pest Rally in 2015, which he won on his de­but in a Ford Fi­esta R5. His last event was Bar­ba­dos, fin­ish­ing eighth.

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