Final rally will pay tribute to McRae

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TWO weeks to the day after Colin McRae was tragically killed in a helicopter crash, the cream of Scotland's rallying drivers will pay homage to the former world rally champ by contesting the Colin McRae Forest Stages Rally in Perth.

In what will be a very emotional event, the final round of the County Saab Scottish Rally Championship will go ahead this Saturday having received the blessing of Colin's wife, Alison, and his father, five-times British rally champ Jimmy.

"That decision was taken in the early hours of last Sunday morning," explained John Fife, spokesman for the rally organisers, the Coltness Car Club of which Colin and the rest of the McRae family were staunch member.

"Both Alison and Jimmy spoke about it in the immediate aftermath of last weekend's tragic events and they both decided the event had to go ahead. It's what Colin would have wanted."

More than 90 crews are expected to contest the final rally of the season, with newly-crowned Scottish champ Gary Adam from Dollar leading the field.

No members of the McRae family will attend the event, but, as a mark of respect to Colin, who was scheduled to drive his custom-built 300bhp MkII Ford Escort as course car ahead of the main field, there will be no No.1 car on the entry list.

All the cars will also carry a commemorative sticker.

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