Alister McRae announces entry for Alpine Rally
Jul 30, 2013
International rallying star, Alister McRae today announced his intention to compete in the 2013 Alpine Rally of East Gippsland. McRae, a works driver in the World Rally Championship for Mitsubishi and Hyundai, is currently building an iconic Group 4 specification Escort RS1800 Classic Rally Car which he will use on the Alpine.
On announcing his entry into the Alpine Rally Alister said: “It’s been a busy year for me business wise but no Rallying so I can’t wait to get out on such an iconic event as the Alpine Rally. I’m in the process of building a new Group 4 MKII Escort and the idea of some 450 stage km’s, blind, in a rear wheel drive is really exciting. I’m sure, along with all the other competitors, we can put on a real good show”
The Alpine Rally of East Gippsland is a rally in the style of the 1970’s. One of those aspects is the lack of pace notes; the crews do not have the chance to survey the route before competition starts. This is often referred to as a ‘blind’ rally.
Alpine Rally director Russell Opie was delighted with this latest announcement. “The McRae family are like rallying royalty and their achievements and spectacular style put them right at the top of the list of ‘must see’ rally drivers. It’s fantastic news for Historic Rallying in Australia.”
The rally kicks off on Friday 29th November with an exciting Super Special Stage through the heart of Lakes Entrance. This stage is sure to attract many thousands of spectators to watch the drivers display their skills around a one kilometre course starting on Marine Parade and finishing in Mechanics Street. The event finishes back in Lakes Entrance on Sunday afternoon after 3 days of gruelling competition.
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