Toshihiro Arai

Toshihiro Arai

Japan (J)


1990: Wins Japanese title

1997: His WRC debut in Rally Australia with Gr. N Subaru

1998: Drives Subaru

1999: Drives Subaru

2000: Drives Subaru, 6th in Kenya, 4th in Greece

2001: Contract with Subaru, 4th in Cyprus

2002: Drives Subaru

2003: Drives Subaru, 2nd PCWRC for Drivers

2004: Drives Subaru, 2nd PCWRC for Drivers

2005: Drives Subaru


Date of Birth:
25/12/1970 at Gunma-ken

Marital status:
Married to Moriko, two children


Entries of WRC Events

Toshihiro Arai is one of Japan's most popular rally drivers and has a great deal of experience gained in the All Japan Rally Championship as well as selected WRC events. He made his rally debut in 1987, but has only hit the big time in the last few seasons, thanks in no small part to his connection to the Subaru World Rally Team. "Toshi" first campaigned at World Rally Championship level in the 1997 Rally of Australia, finishing fourth in Group N.

He achieved a massive result for Japanese drivers on the 2000 Safari, by netting sixth place and Acropolis in Greece went even better. He was the first non-works driver in fourth place overall. In 2001 he made a contract with Prodrive-Subaru and contested ten events with a works car. He placed fourth in Cyprus, but the other results were not so good. In 2002 Arai was driving in FIA´s group N Procuction Car Championship and he kept on driving in the series also in 2003 and 2004 taking the second places in the series.

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