San­dell and Atkin­son for Subarus in GRC

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene -

Two ex-works World Rally driv­ers, Swede Pa­trik San­dell and Aus­tralian Chris Atkin­son, will drive for Subaru Rally Team USA’S pro­gramme in the Amer­i­can-based Global Rallycross Cham­pi­onship this year.

The duo will drive a pair of Subaru WRX STI Su­per­cars.

A six-time WRC podium fin­isher with Subaru, Atkin­son made his rallycross de­but with the team last sea­son and qual­i­fied on pole po­si­tion in Los An­ge­les, his third event for the squad.

San­dell moved to rallycross in 2013 with Swedish team Ols­bergsmse, be­fore switch­ing to the Bryan Herta Rallysport team for the last two years, driv­ing an M-sport-built Ford Fi­esta. The for­mer Suzuki driver has three race vic­to­ries and 11 podi­ums to his name to date in GRC.

“To fi­nally be a part of the Subaru fam­ily is a child­hood dream com­ing true,” said San­dell. “I was watch­ing Subaru cars ral­ly­ing all over the world as a kid, and I am now proud to be in those same shoes. Subaru have been able to cre­ate a pas­sion around its brand that I re­ally like, as I am so pas­sion­ate about both rally and rallycross my­self. It feels like this is where I be­long.”

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