McRae prepares for WRGB Shakedown near Swansea--

--following test with Skoda World Rally Team in Scotland.

Colin McRae will officially "Shakedown" his Skoda World Rally Car prior to Wales Rally GB on Thursday 15th, near Swansea, following his first public appearance with the car in Scotland on Saturday (10th September).

The 3.9 kilometre "Shakedown" stage is adjacent to the Swansea Rally Centre at Felindre, which is also the Service area throughout the four day rally. Access to the Shakedown stage is via a park and ride service which operates from Felindre, reached via Junction 46 of the M4.

Combined admission to Shakedown and the Service Park is available with either a Thursday Day Pass (priced at £15 for adults, £7.50 for children aged 9 to 15) or a World Rally Pass (costs from £89 per adult without Millennium Stadium access, £44.50 per child aged 9 to 15). Accompanied children under 8 are admitted free. The Adult price includes one copy of the full colour official souvenir Programme, with a cover price of £7.50.

Included in the Thursday Day Pass is use of the shuttle bus service which runs between Felindre and the Shakedown stage. Buses start at 07.00 and run every 10 minutes. Shakedown for Manufacturer Team drivers is from 08.00 to 11.00 and continues until 14.00 for all other entrants.

Alternatively, access to the Swansea Rally Centre at Felindre on the gate, where the cars will return after each run of the Shakedown stage and seven times from Friday morning until Sunday, costs £5 per adult -- a 50% reduction on the 2004 admission price. Child reductions apply. Access is included in the World Rally Pass and Day Passes.

Colin McRae will be partnered on WRGB by Abergavenny's Nicky Grist, who last competed with the 1995 World Champion on the Rally of New Zealand in 2002.

* McRae recently completed a three-day test with the Skoda Team, clocking up a total of 700 kilometres. On the second day of the test the 37 year old Scot covered 350 kilometres -- equivalent to a full World Championship Rally -- at an average speed of 127 kph. (NB; the winners average speed on 2004 WRGB was 106.18 kph).

-www.walesrallygb.com