David Higgins (rally driver)
Early and personal life
Born on the Isle of Man but living in Trefeglwys near Llanidloes, Powys, Wales his brother Mark is also a rally and stunt driver. Higgins started motorcycle trials aged 8, and aged 10 he moved into the UK national kart racing circuit, winning seven titles against drivers including later Formula 1 driver David Coulthard.
In 1993 he won his first rally car title, the Peugeot Challenge. Higgins won the 1997, 1999 and 2002 British Rally Championships in the Group N category. He then won the SCCA ProRally Championship in the United States in 2002 and 2003. In 2004 he returned to the British championship for what was supposed to be a one-off entry at the season opener in a Hyundai Accent WRC. After winning the opening round he went onto complete the full season, winning the title.
From 2004, Higgins spent has time rallying in China. He began in 2004, competing in three events and winning two of them to help Ralliart Hong Kong to win the teams' title. He returned in 2006, beginning a long relationship with the Wanyu rally team. In 2007 he won every round in the championship, and helped the team to win the title in both 2007 and 2009.
In 2011 Higgins joined Subaru Rally Team USA in the Rally America series as a replacement for Travis Pastrana. He won the title at the first attempt with three wins from six events. He also set the new record up Mount Washington in a Subaru Impreza, faster than Pastrana's run up the mountain.
Complete WRC results
- "David Higgins – Driver". subaru.com. Subaru of America, Inc. Retrieved 21 July 2011.