Solberg looks to end year with more Subaru success
Based out of Houghton, Michigan, the Lake Superior Rally is one of America’s most famous and historic events. This event has its roots in the Press on Regardless Rally, America’s round of the World Rally Championship in 1973 and 1974.
Lake Superior Rally was first run in 1994 and has remained the traditional season closer on the American rally scene ever since. Held well into the American fall, the blaze of autumnal colour which lines the gravel stages through the Ottawa National Forest provides a stunning backdrop to a classic challenge.
Oliver and co-driver Aaron Johnston (Northern Ireland) start in their Vermont SportsCar-prepared #70 WRX STI alongside Subaru Motorsports USA team-mates David Higgins (Isle of Man) and Craig Drew (Great Britain).
Oliver said: “What an adventure this season has been with Subaru Motorsports USA. I can’t believe the year is coming to an end already – it seems like it was only yesterday we were flying out to make our debut with the team at the 100 Acre Wood Rally.
“It’s always a great feeling to get into the Subaru again, it’s so much fun to drive this car; honestly, I love it. We had a good result with our second win last time we were competing in ARA (American Rally Association) at STPR (Susquehannock Trial Performance Rally) and another win has to be the aim for me and Aaron this time.
“Like all of the rallies in America this year, it’s going to be my first time competing out there and I don’t know so much about the conditions or what to expect. I know the roads are quite fast and quite wide in places and I know the weather can be a little bit crazy. Some of the team told me there’s even been some snow here sometimes.
“To be honest, like all the time, I don’t care about what is the weather doing, I just want to drive. If it’s muddy and raining then I don’t mind – we just came from Rally GB, so we are ready for this sort of thing!”
Lake Superior Performance Rally
Based: Houghton, Michigan
Competitive distance: 209km (130 miles)
Total distance: 402km (250 miles)