Crash ends ral­ly­ing come­back plan

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Paul Gover -

THE he­li­copter crash that killed Colin McRae also killed the big­gest come­back in the his­tory of the World Rally Cham­pi­onship.

The fly­ing Scots­man was pre­par­ing for a re­turn to Subaru, the team that took him to the top, at the time of his death.

McRae was get­ting ready to step back into an Im­preza for a two-event trial be­fore a full­time re­turn to ral­ly­ing for the 2008 sea­son.

The story of McRae’s come­back was re­vealed only this week by his for­mer men­tor and good friend, David Richards.

‘‘He had agreed to do the fi­nal two ral­lies that year. Once he saw how he fit­ted in and how it was go­ing, the plan was for him to do the whole of this year,’’ Richards says.

‘‘The day be­fore the he­li­copter crash he had been talk­ing to David Lap­worth, our tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor, about what he wanted in the car.’’

Richards says McRae was keen to com­pete af­ter years on the side­lines, apart from a stint as guest driver with Skoda and sev­eral starts in the Paris-Dakar desert en­duro with Nis­san.

His last start with Nis­san at the beginning of 2007 ended with a big crash, but McRae was still young enough for a come­back.

The two of us: Colin McRae in a Subaru.

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