Subaru's official team, Subaru Tecnica International (STI) spent part of the weekend of 18 February at the Fuji Speedway, for a tests session devoted to the cars of its twin programme: the 24 Hours of Nürburgring and the Super GT Championship 2012. In Nürburgring, STI won in 2011 in its category and intends to do that again with the modified WRX. According to Hideru Tatsumi, team manager, 'Last year, many people thought we won by pure luck. We must prove the contrary by winning again!'. The team and drivers Toshihiro Yoshida and Kouta Sasaki have worked a lot on the weight and centre of gravity of the car, one of the strong points of Subarus, thanks to their boxer engine. The car will take part at the Nürburgring VLN race before the 24 Hours on 17-20 May.
Let's turn now to the very latest BRZ, also present at this tests day and which will be contending this year in Super GT (GT300 category). The team manager summarises its qualities as follows: 'The challenge for the BRZ and its 2-litre turbo engine will be to see how, in a straight line, it withstands higher cubic capacity cars. But we have the advantage in braking and in curves, which will lead to different strategies depending on tracks.' The first race will take place in Okayama on 31 March, but it's above all at the winding circuits of Sugo, Motegi, Suzuka and Autopolis that the easy handling of the car will express itself best.
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