Car: Subaru Impreza GC8 2 door

Driver: Richard Banks



Originally built by Prodrive (the Subaru WRC team) in 1990 as a Group N production class car, it was changed over the years following accidents and uprades until I purchased it in July 2006.
It was a very tidy looking car as it had recently been re shelled following a huge 100mph end over end accident. Unfortunately a lot of the components had not been replaced as I found out later.
On my first event in the car a driveshaft broke on the very first stage resulting in instant retirement. On the second event, after an overhaul of all the driveshafts the front differential broke, taking most of the gearbox case with it - another retirement. On the third event the freshly rebuilt gearbox failed whilst lying 3rd overall. We eventually finished 7th after limping through the last stage with a few gears less than normal.
Sold in June 2008 to James Smith who entered the 2009 Wales Rally GB in it after further rebuilds - it broke down again !