Fanboys may be salivating over news that the next-gen Subaru WRX will be built on its own platform, but it’s clear that the current model can still scare the spit out of its rivals in the rally world. After all, David Higgins, driving for the automaker’s Rally Team USA, just took home this year’s Rally America National Championship in a 2012 Subaru WRX STI.
Higgins also won the Rally America crown last year in a WRX STI and, unsurprisingly, raved about the car:
“Our Subaru has been perfect all season,” he said. “The 2012 STI is reliable and so tough and that has really been the difference in the points race. We have finished every event with either a victory or a second place finish and the car has worked in every condition thrown at it. I’m looking forward to going to the Olympus Rally in two months with no thoughts on championship points, so [co-driver] Craig [Drew] and I will make sure the fans get a proper show! I thank Subaru for their support and faith in myself and Craig, and big thanks the team at Vermont SportsCar who have worked tirelessly on providing me with the best car and the best team possible.”
And yes, you read that correctly: Higgins has wrapped up the 2012 title with one event still to come on the Rally America schedule, the Olympus Rally, scheduled for Sept. 21-22 in Olympia, Wash.