Driver: Alister McRae
Country: Great Britain
Co-Driver: Bill Hayes
Team: Proton Motorsports
Position : Driver
Date of birth : December 1970
Nationality : Scotland
Marital Status : Married
Hobbies : Mountain-biking, jet skiing, skiing, motorcycling, running around after his kids
Career in brief:
- 1989/90 Scottish Rally Championship, Vauxhall Nova
- 1991 Vauxhall Nova GSi Challenge, Vauxhall Nova
- 1993 British Rally Championship, Subaru Legacy
- 1994/95 Works driver, Nissan Motorsport, Nissan Sunny GTi British Rally Championship, selected WRC rounds
- 1996/98 Works driver, Volkswagen Motorsport, VW Golf GTi British Rally Championship, selected WRC rounds
- 1999/01 Works driver, Hyundai Motorsport Hyundai Coupe & Hyundai Accent WRC
- 1999 FIA Formula 2 World Rally Championship
- 2000/01 FIA World Rally Championship
- 2002/03 Works driver, Mitsubishi Ralliart, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo7 FIA World Rally Championship
- 2004 FIA Production World Rally Championship
- 2005/08 Various events worldwide. Wins in South Africa, China, UK and Australia
- 2011 FIA APRC Drivers Champion
- 1989 Scottish 1300 Rally Champion, Challenger Champion
- 1990 Scottish 1300 Rally Champion
- 1992 Group N British Rally Champion
- 1995 British Rally Champion
- 1999 Joint Formula 2 Asia-Pacific Rally Champion
- Number of World Rally Championship events competed: 78
- Number of WRC Formula 2 wins: 7
- Number of WRC Formula 2 podiums: 10
- Number of WRC Group N wins: 2
Position : Co-Driver
Date of birth : September 1968
Nationality : Australian
Marital Status : Married
Hobbies : Spending time with family, golf, cycling, running, swimming
The McRae name has been synonymous with the spectacular sport of rallying for three decades. Father Jimmy and sons Colin and Alister have, between them, won just about every title worth winning, including British, Asia-Pacific and World Rally Championships. Their sport has taken them to some of the most challenging environments on the planet, on almost every continent and their success has come from a blend of dedication, adaptability and supreme car control and fitness.
Alister McRae took his first foray into motorsport at the age of twelve, when he took up motorcycle trials and motorcross. But it was always rallying where he would demonstrate his true colours and success wasn't long in coming. In 1992, he won the prestigious Shell Scholarship an the production category of the UK's round of the World Rally Championship.
The following years saw further triumphs, culminating with Alister winning the British Rally Championship outright in 1995, at the wheel of a works Nissan Sunny. Success breeds success and more manufacturer drives were to follow, with a two-year contract t drive the Formula 2 Volkswagen Golf, which he used to excellent effect.
His results and reputation led to his services being secured by the newest manufacturer to join the World Rally Championship, Hyundai. In 1999, he competed in the front wheel drive Coupe while simultaneously developing Hyundai's first world rally car, the Accent WRC. Then in 2000, he developed the car further during its first year of actual competition and scored the manufacturers first ever WRC points. In 2001, the fruits of two years' hard work began to show, with a series of points-scoring finishes and a narrow miss of the podium on his home event, the Rally of Great Britain.
Following his excellent performance with Hyundai, he was selected to join Mitsubishi, stalwart of the WRC, in 2002. This transpired to be a difficult year, as the Japanese manufacturer found itself in turmoil, with an uncompetitive new car and a massive management re-structure. It subsequently pulled out of rallying at the beginning of the '03 season, to build a new rally car from scratch.
Undaunted, Alister entered the 2004 Production World Rally Championship and was on course to take the title on the last event before, in a cruel twist of fate, a mechanical failure robbed him of the title.
2006 saw Alister successfully competing in the Chinese Rally Championship with the Wanyu Rally Team in a Mitsubishi Evo9 along with a number of other selected international events including a return to the WRC in Rally GB in Wales and wins in the Zulu Rally in South Africa.
Throughout 2007 Alister competed in a number of rallies including the New Zealand round of the WRC and a other events in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. Followinng the tragic death of Colin and his son Johnny, Alister stepped in to compete in the Race of Champions held at Wembley Stadium, an event that was dedicated to the life of Colin McRae.
2008 saw Alister win at the Targa Tasmania in a 2WD Mazda 3 and a class win in a Porsche 911 in the Targa West Rally around Alister’s adopted home of Perth, Australia. It was also fitting that Alister took the 2WD honours at the McRae Stages in September, a rally attended by the great and the good of the rallying world in honour of Colin McRae.
2009 started off in style with Alister competing in the grueling Dakar Rally for the first time. Alister finished 39th overall, an excellent result for the debut of Alister and the McRae Enduro car.
Alister McRae and co-driver Bill Hayes have been driving for Proton ever since they came back to the APRC with the Proton Satria S2000 car in 2009. There have been many victories, none better than in in China 2011 where McRae clinched the APRC drivers championship and won the manufacturers award for Proton.