Subaru Rally Team USA’s David Higgins and Dave Mirra competed this weekend in their respective 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI rally cars at the Olympus Rally, round three of the 2011 Rally America National Championship. The Olympus Rally runs along the beautiful shorelines of Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula. David Higgins and his co-driver Craig Drew rocketed into the lead in their #75 WRX STI after impressively winning four of the first six stages. Meanwhile teammate Dave Mirra and Marshall Clarke in the #40 WRX STI kept on-pace, holding fast to a fourth-place position throughout the first day.

Sadly, a fatal accident occurred late on day one of the rally involving privateer competitor Matthew Marker of Elk Rapids, MI. Marker’s Co-driver Christopher Gordon of Brooklyn Park, MN, was not seriously injured. Due to the accident, Rally America officials halted the the Olympus Rally at the conclusion of stage six and subsequently cancelled the second day of the National portion of the event. The final results of the rally were consequently based on the leader board after stage six giving Higgins and Mirra 1st and 4th place finish positions, respectively.

31-year-old driver Matthew Marker was in his fifth year of participating in the Rally America National Championship and was a popular driver among his peers. Marker was known to have ambitions of improving his Championship standings and taking part in building the sport’s popularity.

“As much as those of us directly involved in motorsport recognize the inherent dangers, that knowledge still serves little to lessen the loss of a fellow competitor and rally community member,” said James Han, motorsports marketing manager for Subaru of America, Inc. “Matthew was a rally enthusiast and exciting driver within the sport and highly thought of among his peers. His passing is tragic, and our thoughts go out to his friends and family members during this very difficult time.”

Subaru Rally Team USA is scheduled to compete next at the Oregon Trail Rally on May 13-15, 2011.

Subaru Rally Team USA is proudly supported by Subaru of America, Inc., Subaru Tecnica International (STI), Subaru Performance Tuning (SPT), BFGoodrich Tires, RECARO, Vision X, Alpinestars, Motul, Exedy, VP Fuels and Vermont SportsCar. For more information on Subaru Rally Team USA, as well as exclusive photo and video galleries visit subaru.com/rally and for the latest news follow the team on Twitter: twitter.com/srtusa.

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