THE legacy of one of Scotland’s most celebrated motorsport families was shaped by Knockhill Racing Circuit.
To celebrate a connection that spans four decades, the West Fife venue has named a corner of its iconic track after the McRae family.
The Scottish Motorsport Center team said they were “thrilled and honored” to name the right-hander at the foot of Duffus Dip, who turns off the track onto the easy rallycross stage, as McRae in all rally and rallycross events.
An official band ceremony will be held in July with members of the family and the Knockhill team when the McRae Rally Challenge takes place at the circuit.
Stuart Gray, Knockhill’s Director of Events, said: “We are delighted and honored that the family have agreed to name the corner after all the McRaes who have competed here, along with a third generation (Max McRae from Perth, Australia). as at the McRae Rally Challenge in July.
“We asked Jim and the family and they are delighted that their name will forever be part of the circuit that has played a role in so many of their sporting endeavors. It is the perfect corner to bear the famous family name as it brings together the two disciplines of rallying and racing.”
Jimmy McRae was the first of the family to drive at the Knockhill circuit and is currently the record British Rally Championship winner, having won five titles in 1981, 1982, 1984, 1987 and 1988 and also competing in the World Rally Championship .
Two of his three sons, Colin and Alister, followed him into the sport with Colin, who died in 2007, winning the British Rally Championship in 1991 and 1992.
In 1995 he also became the first Scot – and youngest driver – to win the World Rally Championship title, while Alister became British Rally Champion that same year.
Alister’s son Max is currently pursuing a career in rallying and three generations of the family – Jimmy, Alister and Max – will compete in the McRae Rally Challenge which takes place over the weekend of July 2-3.
The invitational event, being held for the second time, will recognize and celebrate the achievements of the McRae family, with spectators enjoying two one-day individual rallies; a power stage finale; a junior rally event; and a head-to-head battle by the McRae’s.
In addition, Knockhill will welcome former world rally champions to the event. Visit www.knockhill.com for more information.