The McRae name has been synonymous with the spectacular sport of rallying for three decades. Father Jimmy (click here to read Jimmys profile) 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. At his first attempt Alister won the 1300 Group A class in the 1989, Scottish rally championship and by 1992, he had won Group N in the British Rally Championship, aswell as Group N on the UK round of the World Rally Champioship driving the Shell Scholarship Sierra Cosworth.
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.
The last three years have seen Alister compete in various events throughout the world, winning rallies in the UK, China and South Africa.
Not competing in a full World Rally Championship program have allowed Alister to diversify more into Test and Development, both for Manufacturer and Private Teams.
With some 80 WRC events under his belt and a continued enthusiasm for the sport Alister is looking forward to a new chapter in his motorsport career with Proflex