Mark Higgins sets new Mountain Course record for a car

Mark Higgins lapped the TT course in 19 mins 15.88 secs Photo: Dave Kneale

Mark Higgins lapped the TT course in 19 mins 15.88 secs Photo: Dave Kneale

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Manx rally driver Mark Higgins broke his own record for lapping the Mountain Course in a car for the second time this week on Friday.

The three-time British Rally Champion clocked a time of 19 minutes 15.88 seconds (117.510mph) in his 2015 Subaru WRX STI ahead of the PokerStars Senior TT.

‘This was a great run when everything came together and I was able to do a much cleaner lap as I am still learning where I can go flat in this car,’ said Mark.

‘I am really happy to beat the lap records set by John McGuinness in the TT Zero and the sidecar lap record as John was winding me about that! I can’t say enough about the new WRX STI and how much abuse it has taken as we have really ridden it hard over this course for three very fast runs and this is definitely not an easy course.’

The car Higgins drove is a stock U.S spec, with the exception of an FIA-spec roll-cage, racing seat and harness, fire suppression system and modified springs and dampers to handle the sustained high speeds and changing conditions of the course. The Subaru also featured Dunlop Direzza tires and a high decibel straight exhaust for crowd safety. The speed limiter was also removed from the car.

Higgins, who now lives in mid-Wales, had already raised the lap record he set in 2011, on Wednesday.

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