Chris Rice is building a new Subaru Impreza for the 2022 Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship.
The Gloucestershire driver has been campaigning his current Impreza since 2006. The car was originally built by Prodrive for Hans Stacey (a former Dutch rally champion and Dakar Rally truck category winner).
Chris became Asphalt Group N champion in the car in 2009 and 2010 before converting it to a class B14 machine by means of a six-speed gearbox and slightly bigger front brakes. Apart from that, it has remained a near showroom spec car.
Chris retired from the opening round of this year’s series, the Old Forge Garage Mewla Rally, after a small fire in the car – the damaged caused then preventing him from contesting the Hills Ford Three Shires.
He had a good run on the PokerStars Rally, picking up points for fifth in class on Leg 1 and fourth in class on Leg 2.
Apart from a big spin on SS12, Chris enjoyed a trouble-free and textbook run on the Isle of Man.
He’s not contesting this Sunday’s Ford Parts Cheviot Stages Rally, preferring instead to concentrate on next season.
“The build of the new car has been in progress for four years, but it’s almost there now,” says Chris.
“The new Subaru will be a much higher spec and I’m looking forward to driving it on the Protyre Asphalt Championship next year.”