The youthful brother of the late 1995 world rally champion is the newest title to affix the entry listing for this all-new rally occasion held in Varzi, northern Italy from 24-27 Might, which celebrates Group A equipment from 1994 by to the World Rally Automobile period that resulted in 2021.
McRae is ready to pilot an Impreza which is similar specification because the one which gained the 1995 WRC title. The 52-year-old has beforehand pushed the automobile in competitors, though the Scotsman spent the vast majority of his WRC profession driving for Hyundai and Mitsubishi manufacturing unit squads within the late Nineteen Nineties and early 2000s.
“Once you see – or hear – considered one of these vehicles, it’s unimaginable to not smile,” stated McRae. “Clearly, the 555 is pretty near the center for the McRae household. My brother Colin did fairly nicely in a single!”
“I drove a Subaru Legacy RS for the Prodrive workforce in 1993, however I solely did a few occasions in a Group A Impreza. The final time I used to be in a single I retired from the lead on the Azores Rally – an enter shaft failed. Hopefully we’ll have extra luck this time round.
“There’s one thing particular about these vehicles and I’m actually wanting ahead to the Legendary Automobiles Rally. I keep in mind them being an absolute beast again within the day – I hope nothing’s modified.
Alister McRae in his brother Colin’s Subaru Impreza on the 2007 Race of Champions
Photograph by: IMP
“We’ve got some actually particular recollections of those vehicles and people occasions. It’ll be good to push the [starter] button and revel in a terrific noise and a few nice recollections.”
McRae is predicted to affix two-time world rally champion Marcus Gronholm in piloting Subaru equipment on the asphalt rally. Gronholm is listed to drive a 2008-specification Impreza, the final iteration of the automobile to compete within the WRC.
Whereas the occasion will see McRae again on the phases, his son Max McRae will start his Junior European Rally Championship marketing campaign at Rally Poland from 20-21 Might. This season might be his first competing in Europe – he beforehand contested the Australian Rally Championship.