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Team AlgoDyne Green/X-Raid tribute for Colin McRae.

It was with much regret and sadness that the AlgoDyne Green Racing Team/X-Raid Team learned at the weekend of the tragic death of Colin McRae, the 1995 World Rally Champion and the team’s latest signing for the 2008 Dakar Rally. McRae, 39, died in a helicopter accident last Saturday afternoon, close to his country house near Lanark in Scotland.

Colin McRae joined the X-Raid Team mid-way through this year and planned to tackle the 2008 Dakar Rally with Swedish co-driver Tina Thörner in a Trebur-built BMW X3CC. He had already taken part in the Baja Spain in July in a BMW X3CC and was planning to tackle the UAE Desert Challenge in Dubai in November.

The Scot won the WRC title for Subaru in 1995, was runner-up on three occasions, and for a while held the record for most wins in individual rallies with 25 - a mark that has since been passed by Spain's Carlos Sainz, Frenchman Sébastien Loeb and Finland’s Marcus Grönholm. His first win came in the 1993 Rally of New Zealand and he also won the gruelling Safari Rally on three occasions.

Colin was well known around the world for his aggressive, attacking driving style and the X-Raid Team was relishing the prospect of working with him for the remainder of this season and during the 2008 Dakar Rally. He was always prepared to take risks to achieve his goal, one stunning stage time in wet conditions on the final stage of the Tour de Corse being a case in point. His flair made him popular with rally fans the world over. He was arguably the quickest driver of his generation, but he also suffered his fair share of accidents.

Colin McRae became a household name away from the special stages, by putting his signature to a series of computer games licensed with his name. The games sold huge numbers the world over and their success went along way to bringing the sport of rallying to the mass market.

Even though he had retired from competing in the FIA World Rally Championship after the 2006 Rally of Turkey, Colin McRae was arguably the most famous rally driver in the world and he was awarded the MBE for his achievements in rallying. In recent years he took part in the Dakar Rally and the Le Mans 24 Hour race. The son of five-time British Rally Champion, Jimmy McRae, Colin used his motorsport roots to the full. His brother Alister is also an established star in international motorsport.

Colin is survived by his wife Alison and daughter Holly. To all his friends and family, X-Raid Team Director Sven Quandt and everyone connected with the X-Raid Team send their deepest condolences on this tragic loss to his many friends and close family at this devastating time.

2007/09/18 | 15:19 CET | Editor: MR/HS/X-Raid

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