1995: Porsche 911, RAC In­ter­na­tional His­toric, 1st

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“Again, I didn’t start the main RAC this year – but I did do the His­toric, which fin­ished be­fore the main event. When I won that one in a Porsche 911, I thought maybe that was a good omen!

“The build-up to the fi­nal WRC round of the sea­son was pretty in­tense. I think MN read­ers are all pretty fa­mil­iar with the story about the pre­vi­ous round in Spain, when Colin had a wee dis­agree­ment with DR… We got all that sorted and Colin was ac­tu­ally re­ally re­laxed when he got to the start in Ch­ester. He was like that Colin, he’d deal with some­thing and it was done. No lin­ger­ing bad feel­ing, just a rally and a cham­pi­onship to win.

“There were a few is­sues along the way and I have to ad­mit a few mo­ments of con­cern, not least when he dropped a cou­ple of min­utes with a punc­ture in Kielder, but Colin and Derek were so calm in the car. Noth­ing was go­ing to be a prob­lem for them that time and they just got on with the job. They de­stroyed Car­los and ev­ery­body else, no­body could get close to the sort of times they were set­ting. And by Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon on Novem­ber 22, 1995, the job was done. I re­mem­ber my old co-driver in­ter­view­ing Colin for the tele­vi­sion. ‘Colin Mcrae, you are the new World Rally Cham­pion…’ Rob said. It sounded in­cred­i­ble! It was great to have ev­ery­body there as well, all the fam­ily.

“But one of the big things that peo­ple of­ten over­look is the emo­tion Mar­garet and I had on that event for Alis­ter and Colin. Alis­ter had just won the Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship ti­tle and he went on to fin­ish fourth in a pri­vate Ford Es­cort Cos­worth – first non-subaru be­hind Colin, Car­los and Burn­sie [Richard Burns]. We were pretty proud par­ents that night. From mem­ory, there might have been a bit of a party!”

Colin wrapped up the World Rally Cham­pi­onship crown on home turf

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