The fantastic Higgins brothers were born on the Isle of Man in the early 70s. Ouboet Mark got started racing motorcycles at age 8, before switching to karts a couple of years later. This is where his younger brother’s racing career also launched.
Mark and David Higgins
Fast-forward to 2011 and David joins Subaru Rally Team USA in the Rally America series, as a replacement for Travis Pastrana. David won the title at the first attempt, with three wins from six events. He has won the Rally America championship multiple times.
Mark also excelled at rallying, winning the British Rally Championship in 1997, 2005 and 2006.
While David is holding court as US Rally King, Mark became The Breaker of Times. In 2011, Mark set the fastest production car lap of 185.66 km/h on the Isle of Man TT course, driving a US-spec 2011 Subaru WRX STI. (The previous record of 160 km/h had stood for 21 years.)
The lap took 19min 37sec and at times the STI flew at over 260 km/h. “This was the most thrilling and frightening thing I have ever done,” Mark said at the time. He went on to smash this record in 2014 and then broke his 2014 record in 2016. This time the modified 447 kW STI built by Prodrive reached speeds of 274 km/h around the 37.73-mile (60.72 km) circuit. Mark lapped the course in 17min 35.14 sec, at an average of 207 km/h.
In October 2018, Mark set a record on the Transfăgărășan Highway in Romania, completing the 84 km course (with its 688 turns) in 40min 58.08 sec, driving the Subaru STI Type RA Time Attack car. Watch the video here.