Monday | 11 May 2015

Meeke's Xsara tribute to McRae

Emotions will run high at the McRae Rally Challenge (16 - 17 May) in Scotland when Kris Meeke drives a Citroën Xsara WRC identical to that piloted by the 1995 world champion 12 years ago.

Citroën will make its own tribute at the two-day festival commemorating the 20th anniversary of McRae’s title by displaying the Xsara in the livery he carried when driving for the French squad.

McRae mentored Meeke during the early days of his career when the Northern Irishman lived in the Scot’s family home near Lanark.

When Meeke scored his first WRC victory at XION Rally Argentina last month, the Citroën driver tearfully dedicated the win to McRae after climbing out of his car at the finish of the final live TV Power Stage.

“The one guy who did most for me isn’t here to see this. This is for Colin. He helped my career out at the very beginning. He supported me financially through to the world championship. Without his support I wouldn’t be here,” said Meeke.

McRae’s brother, Alister, will jet in from Australia to take part in the event at Knockhill race circuit. He will drive a Proton Satria, similar to the car in which he won the 2011 FIA Asia-Pacific Championship.

Former world champions Hannu Mikkola and Stig Blomqvist will also attend along with a gathering of McRae’s co-drivers - Derek Ringer, Nicky Grist, Robert Reid and Ian Grindrod.

The event will also feature tributes to 2001 world champion Richard Burns and Ari Vatanen, title winner in 1981.

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