World Champion to join BRC RallymastersColin McRae
, World Rally Champion in 1995 and two-time British Rally Champion, has signed up for the inaugural BRC Rallymasters series for an attack on the Carlisle-based Pirelli National Rally on Saturday May 13th.
famous the world over for his rallying achievements, will be joined on the event by co-driver Nicky Grist and will campaign his DJM / Colin McRae designed MkII Escort, powered by a 2.5 litre Millington engine.
"It's going to be good to get back into action on the Pirelli and be part of the BRC Rallymasters," says McRae. "The Pirelli National Rally is a fantastic event, and I'm looking forward to taking on the infamous Kielder Stages as part of Rallymasters. It looks like a good concept and represents great value for money.''
McRae's entry is 'just for fun,' but even in a 2 wheel drive car the other Rallymasters competitors will be aware of just how quick the Scots driver is, with McRae currently second in the overall driver standings for most wins in WRC events.
For the event, McRae is supported by event title sponsor, Pirelli, BRC fuel producer, Greenergy and MNH Vehicle Contracts Ltd. "We're delighted to have Colin come to Carlisle and take part in the Pirelli National Rally," says Pirelli's Martin Pallot. "Mark Hindle from MNH has helped make this happen and it's really going to add something special to the rally and to see Colin rallying in Kielder in his very special Escort."
The Pirelli National Rally takes place on the Saturday of the two day Pirelli International Rally, the opening round of the Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship, and McRae will be running his car on the same Tesco 99 Octane fuel as used by the BRC this season.
"As a fellow competitor in BRC Rallymasters I'm overjoyed that Colin has chosen to be part of this new series and the fact that he will be running on Tesco 99 Octane is even better," says Andrew Owens, MD of Greenergy who produce the environmentally friendlier fuel for Tesco and the BRC.
"It's certainly going to give us some strong competition in on the stages and I know it will be a treat for the fans."
BRC Rallymasters is a new series as part of the British Rally Championship and offers the best value pound per stage mile rallying in the UK on some of the top British classic events for cars which are no longer eligible for the 2006 Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship regulations.
"To have Colin McRae sign up for Rallymasters is fantastic news," says BRC manager, Mark Taylor. "We're developing this series to appeal to competitors who want to experience classic events, want value for money no fuss rallying, compete on an even footing with others and above all enjoy great camaraderie and fun with a capital “F”. Colin's presence is a real boost and I know he is looking forward to competing and having fun with the other Rallymasters competitors on the Pirelli."
The Pirelli National Rally takes place on May 13th, following the International competitors, starting in and finishing in Carlisle, Rallymasters competitors compete over 80 forest stage miles in the Kielder forest complex.