Alister takes the 2WD honours at the McRae Stages 2008
Sep 30, 2008
The World Rally Championship came to Scotland last weekend – unofficially that is. The occasion was the final round of the national County Saab MSA Scottish Rally Championship and yet at times, it looked more like a World Championship event than a one day national rally.
With a field of over 140 drivers that read like a who’s who of rallying history, it was without doubt an event that will never be forgotten. The support was tremendous with an estimated 40,000 fans spread across the 5 stages in the forests of the County of Perthshire.
And it was therefore fitting that an event dedicated to the memory of Colin McRae that Alister was on the winners podium after winning the 2WD class in his MK2 Escort prepared by Prepfab.
Alister’s father Jimmy would have been right on his heels if he hadn’t crashed out in a spectacular way just 5 minutes from the end of the last stage. Thankfully, neither Jimmy or his co-driver, Andy Richardson were hurt.
Alister was lying 2nd. in the 2WD class going into the 5th and last stage at Craigvinean and made up over 20 seconds on his nearest competitor, Calum MacKenzie to take the stage and win the class and finish in 3rd place overall with 2 modern 4WD cars ahead of him.
Alister was understandably delighted with the result, talking about the rally Alister said: “this was one event where I was definitely out to win and we got the result we wanted despite a very strong field of drivers. It was a fabulous event with an amazing line up.”
The event didn’t end there. A Gala Dinner was held in the evening to honour the memory of Colin and an amazing £37,000 raised for the McRae Vision Charity.
See the final results on FlyingFinish.co.uk
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