Alister McRae

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Alister McRae
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Alister McRae at the service area during the 2010 Rally Scotland
Personal information
Nationality Scottish
Born (1970-12-20) 20 December 1970 (age 44)
Lanark
World Rally Championship record
Active years 1992–present
Teams Subaru, Hyundai World Rally Team, Mitsubishi
Rallies 76
Championships 0
Stage wins 5
First rally 1992 RAC Rally
Last rally Currently Rallying in the APRC, IRC & WRC for Proton

Alister McRae (born 20 December 1970) is a Scottish rally driver, who competed in the World Rally Championship. He is the son of the five-time British Rally Champion Jimmy McRae and the younger brother of the late 1995 World Rally Champion, Colin McRae. Alister is married to Tara and is father to Emmie and Max.

Career[edit]

Born in Lanark, McRae took his first foray into motorsport at the age of twelve, when he took up motorcycle trials and motorcross. But it was always rallying where he would demonstrate his true colours. Starting out by competing in Scottish Rally Championship events, success wasn't long in coming. In 1992, he won the prestigious Shell Scholarship and the production category of Great Britain's round of the World Rally Championship.

The following years saw further triumphs, culminating with Alister winning the British Rally Championship outright in 1995, at the wheel of a works Nissan Sunny. More manufacturer drives ensued, with a two-year contract being signed to drive the Formula 2 Volkswagen Golf. He famously competed alongside his brother on a one-off basis in the Subaru World Rally Team on the Rally of Great Britain of 1998.

McRae with a Hyundai Accent WRC at the 2001 Rally Finland

His results and reputation led to his services being secured by the newest manufacturer to join the World Rally Championship, Hyundai. In 1999, he competed in the front wheel drive Coupe while simultaneously developing Hyundai's first world rally car, the Accent WRC, alongside veteran Swede Kenneth Eriksson. Then in 2000, he developed the car further during its first year of actual competition, scoring the manufacturer's first ever WRC points. In 2001, the fruits of two years' hard work began to show, with a series of points-scoring finishes (both drivers particularly impressing in the laborious conditions of that year's wet Rally Portugal) and a narrow miss of the podium on his home event, the Rally of Great Britain (which gave the Accent WRC and Hyundai's best finish in the WRC by that time).

Following his performances with Hyundai, McRae was selected to join Mitsubishi, stalwart of the WRC, in 2002. This transpired to be a difficult year, as the Japanese manufacturer found itself in turmoil, with an uncompetitive new car and a massive management re-structure. Things got even worse for the team when McRae was forced to pull out for the rest of the season due to injuries following a mountain bike crash shortly after that year's Rally San Remo therefore further hindering the team's championship effort.[1][2] It subsequently pulled out of rallying at the beginning of the 2003 season, to build a new rally car from scratch, leaving McRae to piece together a sporadic privateer campaign at World Championship level, which was rewarded with a points-scoring showing in a Lancer Evolution in New Zealand.

Undaunted by Mitsubishi's subsequent implicit resolve not to recall either himself or 2002 team-mate François Delecour as the source of one of the few remaining factory opportunities sought to regroup for the 2004 season, Alister entered the 2004 Production World Rally Championship instead. He was on course to take the title on the last event before a mechanical failure struck, handing the title to Niall McShea.

2006 saw Alister successfully competing in the Chinese Rally Championship with the Wanyu Rally Team in a Mitsubishi Evo 9, along with a number of other selected international events. McRae also added to his tally of World championship appearances in the new Toyota Corolla S2000 at the 2006 Wales Rally GB, racking up four Group N stage wins.

Alister filled in for his brother Colin alongside F1 driver David Coulthard at the 2007 Race of Champions held at Wembley following Colin's death just two months earlier.

He participated in 2009 Dakar Rally.

He drove a Proton Satria Neo Super 2000 at the Indonesian leg of the APRC 2009.[3]

Complete WRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
1992 Alister McRae Ford Sierra RS Cosworth MON SWE POR KEN FRA GRE NZL ARG FIN AUS ITA CIV ESP GBR
14
NC 0
1993 Alister McRae Ford Sierra RS Cosworth MON SWE
EX
POR KEN FRA GRE ARG NZL FIN AUS ITA ESP NC 0
555 Subaru World Rally Team Subaru Legacy RS GBR
10
1994 Nissan F2 Nissan Sunny GTi MON POR KEN FRA GRE ARG NZL FIN
15
ITA
12
GBR
Ret
NC 0
1995 Alister McRae Ford Escort RS Cosworth MON SWE POR FRA NZL AUS ESP GBR
4
10th 10
1996 SanYang MIT Motorsport Honda Civic VTi SWE KEN IDN GRE ARG FIN AUS
Ret
ITA ESP NC 0
1997 S.B.G. Sport Volkswagen Golf Kit Car MON SWE
21
KEN POR
9
ESP FRA ARG GRE NZL FIN IDN ITA AUS
Ret
GBR
EX
NC 0
1998 S.B.G. Sport Volkswagen Golf Kit Car MON SWE
Ret
KEN POR ARG
Ret
GRE NZL FIN
13
ITA
22
AUS
17
NC 0
Hyundai Motor Sport Hyundai Coupé Kit Car ESP
19
FRA
15
555 Subaru World Rally Team Subaru Impreza WRC 98 GBR
Ret
1999 Hyundai Motor Sport Hyundai Coupé Kit Car Evo 2 MON SWE
Ret
KEN POR
13
ESP
Ret
FRA ARG GRE
Ret
NZL
20
FIN
20
CHN
10
ITA
Ret
AUS
14
GBR
Ret
NC 0
2000 Hyundai Castrol World Rally Team Hyundai Accent WRC MON SWE
14
KEN POR
Ret
ESP
Ret
ARG
7
GRE
Ret
NZL
Ret
FIN
9
CYP FRA
12
ITA
16
AUS
Ret
GBR
11
NC 0
2001 Hyundai Castrol World Rally Team Hyundai Accent WRC MON
7
SWE
Ret
17th 4
Hyundai Accent WRC2 POR
6
ESP
11
ARG
9
CYP
7
GRE
15
KEN FIN
13
NZL
9
ITA
Ret
FRA
9
AUS
10
GBR
4
2002 Marlboro Mitsubishi Ralliart Mitsubishi Lancer WRC MON
14
SWE
5
FRA
10
ESP
13
CYP
Ret
ARG
8
GRE
Ret
KEN
9
15th 2
Mitsubishi Lancer WRC2 FIN
Ret
GER
Ret
ITA
Ret
NZL AUS GBR
2003 Mitsubishi Ralliart Europe Mitsubishi Lancer WRC2 MON SWE TUR NZL
6
ARG GRE CYP GER FIN AUS ITA FRA ESP GBR 17th 3
2004 R.E.D. World Rally Team Subaru Impreza WRX STi MON SWE
17
MEX
Ret
NZL
13
CYP GRE TUR ARG FIN GER
17
JPN GBR
14
ITA FRA
15
ESP AUS
Ret
NC 0
2007 Taylor Motorsport Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX MON SWE NOR MEX POR ARG ITA GRE FIN GER NZL
21
ESP FRA JPN IRE GBR NC 0
2012 Proton Motorsports Proton Satria Neo S2000 MON SWE
37
MEX POR ARG GRE NZL
Ret
FIN GER GBR FRA ITA ESP NC 0

PWRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 PWRC Points
2004 R.E.D. World Rally Team Subaru Impreza WRX STi SWE
2
MEX
Ret
NZL
3
ARG GER
3
FRA
3
AUS
Ret
5th 26

SWRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 SWRC Points
2012 Proton Motorsports Proton Satria Neo S2000 MON SWE
7
POR NZL
Ret
FIN GBR FRA ESP 13th 6

APRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 APRC Points
1996 SanYang MIT Motorsport Honda Civic VTi THA IDN MYS NZL AUS
Ret
BEI - 0
1997 S.B.G. Sport Volkswagen Golf Kit Car THA CHI NZL MYS IDN AUS
Ret
- 0
1997 S.B.G. Sport Volkswagen Golf Kit Car THA CHI NZL MYS AUS
10
- 0
2010 Proton R3 Malaysia Proton Satria Neo S2000 MAL
Ret
JPN
Ret
NZL
2
AUS
Ret
NCL IDN CHN
1
3rd 78
2011 Proton Motorsport Proton Satria Neo S2000 MAL
3
AUS
4
NCL
3
NZL
5
JPN
2
CHN
1
1st 153
2012 Proton Motorsport Proton Satria Neo S2000 NZL
4
NCL
Ret
AUS
2
MYS
1
JPN
Ret
CHN
1
2nd 120

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Malcolm Wilson
Autosport
National Rally Driver of the Year

1995
Succeeded by
Gwyndaf Evans
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jarmo Kytölehto
Race of Champions
Rally Master

1998
Succeeded by
Armin Schwarz
Preceded by
Katsuhiko Taguchi
Asia-Pacific Rally Champion
2011
Succeeded by
Chris Atkinson

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