Crash ends rallying comeback plan
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.