Colin McRae

Born in 1968, Colin McRae was arguably the most famous driver in the history of the World Rally Championship, not just for his all action performances on rally stages around the globe, but also for the range of computer games which carried his name.

Son of another rally legend Jimmy McRae, Colin was British Rally Champion in both 1991 and 1992 while driving for Subaru and took his first WRC win with the team in New Zealand in 1993. In 1995, at the wheel of the iconic Impreza, he took wins in New Zealand and Great Britain to become the Briton to lift the WRC title.

After finishing second for the following two years and then third in 1998, he moved to Ford in 1999 remaining with the team until the end of 2002 when he then switched to Citroen, However, a change in rules for 2004 left him without a full-time drive and his focus turned elsewhere, with the Scot competing in various different events including the Le Mans 24 Hours and the Dakar Rally.

There were occasional WRC outings in 2005 and 2006 for Skoda and Kronos Citroen while McRae was also busy developing his own new car – the R4 – when he was one of four people killed in a helicopter accident in September 2007 along with his young son Johnny and two family friends.

McRae, who was awarded the MBE in 1996, took 25 WRC wins during his career, making him one of the most successful drivers to have ever appeared in the sport.

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