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Up to 1989 Summary
As strange as it seems now, SUBARU wasn't a prominent contender in motorsports until 1990. SUBARU 1000 (a model for the Japanese domestic market released in 1966) and later models had been entered in national Japanese rallies with some success, but SUBARU's participation in international events was very limited.

1990 Summary Result
SUBARU debuted the Legacy in the WRC in 1990. Problems in obtaining homologation prevented SUBARU from entering the Legacy until the fourth round of the season, the Safari Rally.

1991 Summary Result
In the 1991 season, the Legacy got off to a strong start when Alen took third place at the season's first event, the Swedish Rally. But this highlight was followed by a string of defeats, and SUBARU wasn't able to place among the top contenders.

1992 Summary Result
1992 saw the introduction of the two-driver team of Vatanen and McRae. In this year SUBARU entered six of the 14 rallies, rather than staging a full attack. Within these limits, SUBARU followed a strategy of focusing on gravel rallies that demonstrated the Legacy's potential.

1993 Summary Result
SUBARU stuck with Vatanen and McRae in the 1993 season, when it would finally achieve its long-awaited first rally victory. Painted the vivid blue of SUBARU's new sponsor (BAT, a UK tobacco company), the Legacy turned in noteworthy performances right from the start of the season.

1994 Summary Result
In the 1994 season, SUBARU kept McRae on the team and added two-time world champion Carlos Sainz. SUBARU had started its bid to become the year's WRC champion. Sainz was recognized for his vehicle development skill, and his addition to the SUBARU team represented a great opportunity to increase the Impreza's potential.

1995 Summary Result
The high point of SUBARU's WRC career, 1995 started with a change in regulations. To restrain vehicle power, the regulation diameter of the restrictor (attached to the turbo's air feeding mechanism) was reduced from 38 to 36 mm. Engines would now receive less air, drastically reducing the performance of turbo vehicles.

1996 Summary Result
In 1996, SUBARU was now the defending champion. Sainz left the team, and was replaced by Kenneth Eriksson and Piero Liatti. With 1995 champion Colin McRae remaining on as the ace driver, and joined by Didier Auriol for some events, the team enjoyed an all-star lineup. But unexpected hardships were in store that year.

1997 Summary Result
1997 saw sweeping changes in the WRC regulations. New rally car regulations permitted major alterations to vehicles, the point system was changed, and the series was expanded to 14 rounds.

1998 Summary Result
SUBARU entered the 1998 WRC season seeking a fourth consecutive Manufacturers' Title victory, but luck was against it. The season's first round (Monte-Carlo) got off to a fairly good start, with McRae finishing third and Liatti fourth.

1999 Summary Result
In 1999, long-time SUBARU driver McRae left the team. The new lineup became Richard Burns, a driver who had notably developed; Juha Kankkunen, a veteran driver and four-time WRC champion; and Bruno Thiry, a tarmac specialist.

2000 Summary Result
Burns and Kankkunen continued to head SUBARU's lineup in 2000. In the Round 3 Safari Rally, Burns and Kankkunen achieved a 1-2 finish.

2001 Summary Result
In the 2001 season SUBARU committed itself to the fully remodeled new machine, the Impreza WRC 2001. In addition to Burns, three more drivers were added --- Petter Solberg, previously of Ford, and Markko Martin, and Toshihiro Arai, to complete a four-driver lineup.

2002 Summary Result
2002, Tommi Makinen, four-time consecutive Champion was invited as the ace driver for SUBARU and along with Petter Solberg, the two cars teamed up to win consecutive Championship title.

2003 Summary Result
Subaru World Rally Team (SWRT), the Subaru works team, entered two Impreza WRC 2003 World Rally Cars in the World Rally Championship (WRC) for the 2003 season. Driver Petter Solberg of Norway won four out of 14 races to clinch the 2003 WRC Drivers' World Championship, with teammate and four-time World Champion Tommi Mäkinen finishing the season ninth in the rankings. The Finn now retires after a long career spanning seventeen years on the world rallying stage.

2004 Summary Result
Subaru World Rally Team (SWRT), the works team of SUBARU in the World Rally Championship, entered two cars in the 2004 season, the IMPREZA WRC2003 (Rd. 1 and 2) and the IMPREZA WRC2004 (Rd. 3-16, both World Rally Cars). Driver Petter Solberg from Norway scored five wins from 16 rallies to clinch second position in the drivers' championship, despite four non-finishes. Meanwhile, up-and-coming youngster Mikko Hirvonen, in his second full WRC season and first year with SWRT, also made good progress throughout the season with stage wins in Argentina and his home country, Finland.

2005 Summary Result
Subaru World Rally Team (SWRT), SUBARU's works team in the World Rally Championship, entered two IMPREZA WRC2004 world rally cars in Rounds 1 and 2 of the 2005 season and three IMPREZA WRC2005 world rally cars from Round 3 to Round 16. Norwegian Petter Solberg drove his car to three wins out of 16 events, finishing second in the drivers' championship despite being forced to retire from two races. Meanwhile, Australian Chris Atkinson, the up-and-coming youngster participating in his first full year in WRC, joined the team and took part in every race except the season opener. In spite of his inexperience, he recorded numerous stage wins against former WRC champions, fourth best in total, and even clinched one podium finish. Stephane Sarrazin of France, participating in the tarmac events as the manufacturer's nominee, finished his first year of the SWRT Training Program having clocked a number of impressive stage times and, in Round 14, Cyprus Rally, equaling his personal best finish of fourth place.
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