McRae title celebration revealed

The 25th anniversary of Colin McRae’s FIA World Rally Championship victory will be celebrated with an all-star event in his home nation of Scotland next year.

Taking place at Knockhill race track, the organisers of the September 2020 event are hoping to attract drivers and fans from around the world to an invitation-only rally which could include some Scottish forest stages outside of the track.

Knockhill, a circuit where the 1995 world champion drove and rode a variety of race cars, rally cars and bikes, hosted the McRae 20th Anniversary Rally Challenge five years ago, an event fittingly won by McRae’s younger brother, Alister.

Next year’s event will include a Friday evening rally forum, attended by the star drivers competing the next day, and a Saturday evening celebration dinner, where the achievements of McRae’s father Jimmy and brother Alister will also be recognised.

Another feature of the event will be a parade of the cars Colin drove through his illustrious career.

The Scot’s 1995 title, when he edged Subaru team-mate Carlos Sainz to the crown, remains one of the highlights in the history of the WRC. McRae himself remains a sporting icon, with his swashbuckling style endearing him to fans around the world.

Celebrations of McRae’s life and achievements are nothing new, with almost every world champion turning out for the 2017 Rallylegend – an event dedicated to the Briton 10 years on from his death.

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