Mcraes head to New Zealand

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Alis­ter and Jimmy Mcrae will con­test this week­end’s Lead­foot Fes­ti­val in New Zealand – with the younger of the two, Alis­ter, hop­ing to im­prove on the se­cond place he man­aged on last sea­son’s event.

Mcrae Jr will drive the same ex-pos­sum Bourne 850bhp Subaru Im­preza he used to win the Race to the Sky in 2015. Jimmy’s progress up the Lead­foot Fes­ti­val hill will be slightly more se­date – he will drive a Ford Es­cort RS1800.

“It’s a great event,” said Alis­ter Mcrae. “It’s a bit like a smaller- scale Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed at Rod Millen’s place in New Zealand, but with 850bhp to work with, it can get quite ex­cit­ing! I was se­cond last year, so ob­vi­ously the plan is to go one bet­ter this time around.”

Mcrae Sr added: “I didn’t take a lot of per­suad­ing to drive this car. It’s go­ing to be a lot of fun, but I think we’ll be a wee bit slower than Alis­ter…”

The Mcrae name re­mains huge in New Zealand, with Colin Mcrae dom­i­nat­ing the coun­try’s WRC qual­i­fier with three wins in the mid-90s.

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