McRae, the son of former World Rally Championship driver Alister and nephew of the late 1995 WRC champion Colin, jumped aboard a Ford Fiesta Rally3 car for a first outing on JWRC machines in Poland last week.
The 18-year-old completed 100 miles of running in the four-wheel drive Fiesta, built by M-Sport in Poland, on tarmac roads before taking a tour of the M-Sport workshop in Kraków.
The outing follows a debut in the British Rally Championship at last month’s Nicky Grist Stages round and a run in the Donegal International Rally during a trip from his native Australia where he competed in the Australian Rally Championship.
McRae says testing in the Rally3 car convinced him that JWRC is the next logical step in his rallying career, with plans to enter the championship next year.
“There’s more power, more torque than the Fiesta Rally4, and because it’s all-wheel drive there’s no wheelspin,” said McRae.
“What I really like is that it’s a car that you have to get in and really drive – if you work a little harder the car comes alive and delivers so much. I was really impressed.
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“As you can imagine I was pretty keen on driving JWRC anyway, but now that I’ve driven the car I just know I have to be there.
“Having the chance to drive this car at rounds of the World Rally Championship is absolutely the right path and we are working really hard towards that now.
“Moving from rallying in Australia to the World Championship is a budget increase, but it’s also an incredible opportunity to gain rallying experience at the highest level on surfaces and events like the snow in Sweden, the tarmac in Croatia and other then rougher and smoother fast gravel in Places like Sardinia and Estonia.
“I don’t know what the calendar for next year will be, but events like this are the dream and a special way of gaining experience.”
McRae will now return to Australia for the Gippsland Rally (27/28 August) round of the Australian Rally Championship where he will drive a Subaru Impreza WRX prepared by Maximum Motorsport.