Travis Pastrana and Subaru Rally Team USA Competing In The World Rally Championship This Weekend!
Subaru Rally Team USA driver Travis Pastrana, the reigning 2006 and 2007 Rally America National Champion is in the United Kingdom this weekend competing in the Wales Rally Great Britain, the final round of the 2007 World Rally Championship. Pastrana will be entered in the Production World Rally Championship, driving a BFGoodrich Tires-shod 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STI rally car. The Wales Rally GB marks the third ever WRC event for the young Pastrana, who previously entered WRC events in Mexico and Argentina earlier this year. Subaru Rally Team USA will be offering updates throughout the event on their website www.subaru.com/rally , additionally Pastrana will be providing an exclusive nightly blog for the World Rally Championship's website at www.wrc.com.
"This is a classic event with probably the strongest competition I've ever seen," said Pastrana. "We are doing just three WRC rounds this year to learn more and get some more experience. It certainly has been very challenging getting used to the different format of the WRC rounds compared to our Rally America Championship events. We are not here to win but rather simply improve our performance and maybe set some respectable stage times against some of the World's best drivers. It has also been great to be a part of an all-American team in the WRC this year!"
This year will mark the 75th edition of the classic event, which was previously known as the RAC Rally. The rally takes place in and around Wales and is based in its capital, Cardiff. The popular super-special stage is based in the Millennium Stadium which typically hosts soccer and rugby matches and seats over 74,000 people! The event's single service park is on the waterfront in Swansea, 65km from Cardiff. Through the course of three days Pastrana will race on over 224 miles of slick forest roads, that are considered some of the most difficult stages in the World Rally Championship, especially when typical Welsh weather of rain and fog are present. The Wales Rally GB begins in earnest Friday morning and concludes late Sunday afternoon.
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