STAR-STUDDED ENTRY LIST TAKING SHAPE FOR THIS MONTH'S RALLY OF SCOTLAND
Oct 05, 2010
Home hero Alister McRae, newly-crowned Scottish and British champions David Bogie and Keith Cronin and Intercontinental Rally Challenge Champion-elect, Finland’s Juho Hanninen, are among the latest big names to confirm entries for what is shaping up to be a star-studded RACMSA Rally of Scotland in two weeks’ time (15-17 October).
McRae, from Lanark will spearhead the factory-supported Proton team’s effort – being joined by Irishman Cronin and young British talent Tom Cave in a trio of the Malaysian manufacturer’s Super 2000-specification Satria Neo models. Cronin captured a second straight British title only last weekend in Yorkshire. Meanwhile, it will be a rare outing for McRae in the IRC in 2010 as he has concentrated chiefly this year on winning the Asia-Pacific rally title.
McRae commented: “I haven’t competed in front of the Scottish fans since last year’s rally so it’s obviously going to be very special for me to be there. It’s a massive sporting event for the whole country to come and enjoy with a fantastic backdrop, great access for the public, superb organisation and some of the most demanding stages any rally driver will ever face.
“It’s going to be an awesome spectacle for the fans. There are going to be way more S2000 cars than in 2009 and they will all be going extremely quickly which will make repeating the third place I achieved last year very difficult. It’ll be important to push as hard as possible from the word ‘go’ to hopefully stay in touch as much as possible starting the final day and, from there, who knows what could happen. I know most of the stages well from my earlier career which could be an advantage, particularly if we get a bit of good old fashioned drizzle which is always a possibility at this time of year!”
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