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 motocross. 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 and 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 followed, with a two-year contract to 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 manufacturer’s 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, a 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.

In 2009, Alister was chosen to work with the fledgling Proton Motorsports team, as it developed the Satria Neo Super 2000 car. He continued to compete with the team in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge and the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) in 2010. In 2011, Alister won the APRC Drivers’ Rally Championship and was key in securing the Manufacturer’s Trophy for Proton. He continued with Proton in 2012, narrowly missing out on a second title. With some 80 WRC events under his belt and endless enthusiasm for the sport, Alister is looking forward to the next chapter in his motorsport career.

Alister McRae on a quadbike
Alister McRae on a Scott mountain bike

Alister McRae Skiing

Personal Profile:
Born: December 1970
Lives: Perth, Australia
Married: Tara
Children: Emmie and Max
Hobbies: Mountain-biking, motorcycling, skiing, running around after Emmie & Max
Career Summary:
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
1997/98 Works driver, Volkswagen Motorsport, VW Golf GTi
British Rally Championship, selected WRC rounds
1999/01 Worksdriver,HyundaiMotorsport
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
2009-12 Intercontinental Rally Challenge and FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship as works driver for Proton Motorsports

Notable Achievements:

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

FIA 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
Number of FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship event wins: 4