Isle of Man TT 2016: Rally driver Mark Higgins targets record

Mark Higgins
The Manx rally driver beat his own previous best time in 2014

Manx rally driver Mark Higgins will attempt to break his own TT lap record at this year's event, organisers have said.

The three-time British Rally champion set the current record for a lap of the 37.75-mile (60.7km) course in 2014.

Driving the 2015 Subaru WRX STI he completed his lap in 19 minutes and 15 seconds - an average speed of 117.510 mph.

The 44-year-old said he will be looking to "take things up a notch" in 2016.

Higgins will again team up with Subaru but with the full backing of UK-based Motorsport and technology company Prodrive.

Subaru Impreza WRX STI
The Manx racer will attempt the record in a Subaru Impreza WRX STI

A spokesman for Prodrive, who are designing and making the car, said they have developed a "special, one-off, Subaru Impreza WRX STI" for the record attempt.

Higgins said: "It's always a great honour to return to the Isle of Man and to have the privilege of driving on a closed road on the TT Course.

"It is one of the most demanding tracks for a number of different reasons, but in teaming up with Prodrive I believe that we can take things up a notch again."

He will attempt to break the record for a third time on 10 June.

TT course lap records
CategoryRiderTimeMachineAverage Speed (mph)Year
MotorbikeJohn McGuinness17:03.567Honda CBR1000RR132.7012015
Electric bike John McGuinness18:58.743Mugen Shinden119.2792015
CarMark Higgins19:15.888Subaru WRX STI117.5102014
SidecarDave Molyneux andBenjamin Binns19:23.056DMR Suzuki 600 Sidecar116.7852015

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