Alister McRae

Alister McRae

Great Britain (GB)


1988: Started rallying with Ford Escort

1991: His WRC debut in RAC with Subaru Legacy

1992: Win gr.N in RAC with Ford

1993: 10th in RAC with Subaru

1994: Move to Nissan, 1st in Italy (F2)

1995: British Rally Champion with Nissan

1996: Move to VW

1997: Drives with VW, 1st in Portugal (F2)

1998: Drives with VW, Hyundai and Subaru, 1st in Finland and Australia (F2)

1999: Drives with Hyundai, 1st in Portugal and China (F2)

2000: Drives with Hyundai

2001:Drives with Hyundai, 4th in Great Britain

2002: Move to Mitsubishi

2003: Drives Mitsubishi

2004: Drives Subaru


Date of Birth:
20/12/1970 at Lanark

Marital status:
Married with Tara

Mountain biking, moto-cross

World Drivers' Champion:
Not yet

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Alister McRae is proving to be the next rallying sensation from the McRae family. Expertly following in the footsteps of his father, five time British Champion Jimmy McRae and his brother, the 1995 World Rally Champion, Colin McRae. In a relatively short space of time, Alister has earned the position as one of the world's top young rally drivers.

Alister's motor sport career started at the tender age of 12, in motorcycle trials, from which he graduated to motocross. He switched to four wheels in 1989, winning the 1300cc class of the Esso Scottish Rally Championship, as well as taking second overall in Group A.

Successes such as these brought him to the attention of the judging panel for the Shell Scholarship, and in 1992 Alister campaigned a Shell-backed Sierra Cosworth prepared and run by SBG Sport – he won Group N on that year's RAC Rally, his first World Championship event. Also in '92 he won outright two rounds of the Scottish Championship.

At the wheel of a Prodrive Subaru Legacy in 1993, Alister clocked up three second-place finishes in British Championship events, as well as 10th overall on the RAC Rally.

A spell with the Nissan team brought spectacular results; in 1994 he won F2 on the San Remo Rally and took second place on the 1000 Lakes, and in 1995 he won two rounds on his way to outright victory in the British Rally Championship. Switching to an Escort Cosworth for the Network Q RAC Rally, he finished a fine fourth to complement brother Colin's success in winning the event and clinching the first world title for a British driver.

Alister contested the first two rounds of the 1996 British Championship – the Rally of Wales and the Pirelli International – in an Escort Cosworth and won them both outright. He also won the final round of the Thailand Championship and was selected to represent Britain in December's Gran Canaria Race of Champions.

Two following years he contested with S.B.G. Sport packed VW Golf Kit Car both in British and World Championship events. In total he scored six F2 victories, including three on the British Championship as well taking F2 honours in Portugal, Finland and Australia. Alister finished the 1998 season with a drive in the works Subaru Impreza on the Great Britain Rally, partnering his brother Colin. An amazing drive saw him running in second place, until an accident on the final day forced his retirement.

In 1999, he joined the Hyundai Team full time, driving on 10 events of the Formula 2 Championship. He scored the teams maiden win on the 1999 Rallye de Portugal and second place on the Rally of New Zealand. He is extremely excited at the prospect of a full season as a works driver in the new Hyundai Accent World Rally car and going head to head with some of the best rally drivers in the world, including his brother, Colin.

In 2000 Hyundai moved to the rallying´s highest level and results with the brand new car were not very good. He scored Hyundai´s first ever special stage win in New Zealand and placed 7th in Argentina. For the season 2001 he became team leader in Hyundai and finished a fine fourth place in his home event Rally Great Britain. 

For the season 2002 he moved to Mitsubishi. He placed fifth in Sweden, but after that all went wrong. He was injured in a mountain bike accident before Rally Sanremo, but started the event. He was withdrawn after the end of the first leg due to his injuries. His recovery took a lot of time and he missed the last three rounds of the championship.  

Mitsubishi decided to pull out of the 2003 World Rally Championship and Alister´s program during the season 2003 was very restricted. He contested only one WRC event in New Zealand taking the sxth place and was waiting for Mitsubishi´s decisions about the next season believing that he will be one of the works drivers. The team decided not to sign McRae. 

For the season 2004 he was invited to drive one of the R -E- E World Rally Team´s Group N Subaru in the Production Car World Rally Championship series.

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