McRae bids for another Volkswagen victory With outright victory on the Rally of Wales and a resounding 2-litre World Cup win on the Rally of Portugal under their belts, Alister McRae and the Volkswagen team are firm favourites for success on...
McRae bids for another Volkswagen victory
With outright victory on the Rally of Wales and a resounding 2-litre World Cup win on the Rally of Portugal under their belts, Alister McRae and the Volkswagen team are firm favourites for success on next weekend's (Apr 26/27) Pirelli International, second round of the Mobil 1 British Rally Championship.
However Alister, 26-year-old brother of former World Champion Colin McRae, is under no illusions that his Sony, Revolution Wheels and Pirelli-backed Golf GTI 16V will have an easy path to victory on the Carlisle-based event. "It's probably one of the trickiest rallies on the calendar," he says. "It's very easy to get caught out in the Kielder Forest. On other rallies you can slide into a ditch and nine times out of 10 get away with it, but in Kielder the ditches are very big and either full of rocks or a peat bog!"
Lanark-based McRae, who is co-driven by Daventry's David Senior, is also expecting fierce opposition from his Nissan and Ford rivals Mark Higgins and Gwyndaf Evans, both of whom trailed in his wake in Wales. "We're going to have to push at 110 per cent because Mark and Gwyndaf will be out for revenge..." Alister who is bidding to regain the British crown he last won in 1995 will have to watch out also for his Volkswagen team-mate Tapio Laukkanen, the reigning Finnish 2-litre Champion.
Extensive testing in Scotland with Volkswagen's UK rally partner team SBG Sport has given both Alister and Tapio useful further experience of the Golf GTI. "This time it's my turn to win," said Laukkanen, 27, "and we'll increase Volkswagen's championship lead that way!" ----------- Volkswagen rallying www.maxcom.demon.co.uk/vwrally.htm Nick Carter +44 (0)1530 811882