After a successful stint in the CAMS Australian Rally Championship (ARC), Subaru has confirmed it will not field a factory-backed entry in the 2020 Championship.
While there will be no official factory team, a number of Subarus are still expected to be part of the ARC field throughout 2020, given the marque’s long-lasting popularity in the sport.
While Subaru driver and 2016 ARC Champion Molly Taylor will be retained as a Subaru brand ambassador, her rallying plans in 2020 yet to be confirmed.
Full Subaru statement:
Subaru Australia has announced it will not compete in the 2020 Australian Rally Championship.
After four years of participation under the Subaru do Motorsport banner, the brand has curtailed its domestic rally program while it refocuses its performance car marketing in other areas for the foreseeable future.
The team distinguished itself with a win in the 2016 Championship that made history with driver Molly Taylor becoming the youngest ever (at the time) and first female champion.
The 2016-18 seasons were conducted in partnership with Les Walkden Rallying, while Orange Motorsport was the provider in 2019.
Despite the end of the current program, Molly Taylor will be retained as a Subaru brand Ambassador and will participate in a variety of events including customer promotions, drive days, dealer network and staff functions.
Subaru returned to the championship in 2016 after a 10 year hiatus.