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Q&A - Alister McRae.

This week's Rally of Scotland will be the first event for the latest specification Proton Satria Neo S2000 and it will be driven by one of Scotland's most famous motorsport names ever: Alister McRae...

Q:
Nice to be home?

Alister McRae
Aye, it is. I've done a fair bit of travelling recently and it's good to come back home and especially to these stages.

Q:
Nice to be around people who understand you as well.

Alister McRae
That's true. I can talk as fast as I like here and people always know what I'm on about!

Q:
You've done some of the recce for the Rally of Scotland now. Tell us about the stages?

Alister McRae
They're mixed. Some of them are in really good shape and look like they'll be very good on the rally. Errochty, for example, was lovely, but parts of Drummond Hill in particular were really wet and muddy.

Q:
From what you've seen so far, which stage will be the toughest?

Alister McRae
Craigvinean the second time through will be a challenge, there's no doubt about that. We're going to be running through some fairly rough sections and it's going to be very slippery - and, of course, it will be in the dark.

Q:
When did you compete in the dark last?

Alister McRae
That's a good question. It's been a very long time: I would say the Swedish Rally in 2004 was probably the last time.

Q:
Does the dark bother you?

Alister McRae
Not at all, as long as I know my mommy's not too far away! Seriously, it doesn't worry me at all. Okay, if it's raining heavily and if there's a lot of fog around, it can be quite tough, but it's fine. We're going to get some dark running in at the test this afternoon, so
it won't be so bad. We're also doing the first two Scone Palace stages on Thursday night in the dark, that's a good way of playing ourselves in for those conditions.

Q:
And this latest-specification Satria Neo S2000 looks pretty handy.

Alister McRae
It does, doesn't it? The engine and gearbox work will help and the new dampers were great on the China Rally. In China, we were able to run the ride height higher on the car and not be compromised on handling or traction, which was a good step forward. We won't need to run the car so high in Scotland, which means the dampers will be even better. To be honest, I can't wait to get into the car to test it. And then I certainly can't wait to get started on the rally.

Q:
Where are you going to finish in Scotland?

Alister McRae
A podium would be nice. It's not going to be easy going up against drivers like Kris [Meeke] and Guy [Wilks]. These guys have been in these kind of cars all year, and then there's Keith Cronin who has made a good season in the British Championship - and he's young enough to be able to switch from Group N to a Super 2000 car without any problems. It's going to be tough competition at the front, that's for sure.


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