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Four bailed over theft of Subaru from Santa Pod Raceway

Japspeed 1JZ Subaru Impreza
Image caption The stolen car was specially built for the sport of drifting

Four men arrested on suspicion of stealing a custom-built motorsport car from a Bedfordshire race track have been bailed.

The Japspeed 1JZ Subaru Impreza was stolen from the Santa Pod Raceway, near Wellingborough, on Saturday.

The £80,000 car was recovered near Maidenhead, Berkshire on Monday after fans posted details of sightings on Facebook and Twitter.

Bedfordshire Police have issued an appeal for witnesses.

The distinctive black and white car was specially built for the sport of drifting, in which drivers perform controlled slides around a track.

It was stolen from a static display at a performance car show between 1830 and 1930 BST on Saturday while it was left unattended.

The 180mph vehicle had been disabled but the thieves managed to get it started.

It was found undamaged but had been stripped of its bumper, rear spoiler and rear lights as well as its identifying stickers.

The car had earlier been filmed on the M25 west of London.

Det Con Martyn Hynes of Bedford CID said he was keen to hear from people who saw anyone acting suspiciously around the car, prior to the vehicle being stolen.

'Unusual machine'

He said: "Although four suspects have been arrested, we would still like to hear from anyone who spotted the vehicle travelling from Bedford to Maidenhead on Saturday evening or Sunday.

"We are particularly interested in hearing from anyone who may have seen the vehicle being refuelled at any fuel station between Podington and Maidenhead.

"This will include stations in Newport Pagnell and Wellingborough through to the M1/M25.

"This is an unusual machine and we have already received a number of calls from the public about it.

"We would urge the public to contact us if they have any information that may help."

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