Alister wins Zulu Rally
May 27, 2006
Alister McRae co-driven by Gordon Noble driving a Jardine Lloyd Thompson supported Mitsubishi Evo 8 dominated the Zulu Rally which finished in Durban, South Africa this afternoon. The two day event offered 229 kms of special stages in the KwaZulu-Natal province.
The former British Rally Champion set fastest times on five of the twelve special stages. “Its been a great weekend for myself and the JLT team. We’ve had a real close fight with the S2000 cars and to come out on top in there back yard is great. The team and the car have worked perfectly and we couldn’t have hoped for a better result” said Alister McRae after scoring his second international rally win of the year.
Neil Allport, former New Zealand Rally Champion who built and prepared the Mitsubishi Evo 8 which Alister drove was a very happy man after the stress of the days leading up to the rally. With a big smile on his face he recalled, “The car was due to arrive in Durban on 11th May and when I arrived in the City on 18th May I was told that the boat from Auckland to Singapore had broken down. I was then given daily predicitions that the boat would arrive the following morning. The boat docked the Wednesday afternoon prior to the rally and we tested Alister’s car two hours before scrutineering. Fortunately he was happy with the car.
I brought the Team from New Zealand and to win a rally in Africa with one of the most famous names in rallying will stay with us Kiwis for a long time.”
Alister returns to China in July where he leads the Chinese Rally Championship.
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