International Rally legend Alister McRae has confirmed that he will compete in the first ever season of the Australian Extreme Rallycross Championship.
McRae will drive the No.28 SIDCHROME Lites car for the season, which is the same car he drove at the Championships test day in Sydney back in May. McRae has many years of experience in both the British Rally Championship and the FIA World Rally Championship but this will be the first time he has competed in Rallycross.
“From the first moment I heard there were plans to run a Rallycross Championship in Australia, I started working to secure a spot on the grid,” said Alister. “I’ve been a rallycross fan for a long time and now is the right time for this action packed sport to make its mark on Australian soil. Now we’ve locked away a drive, I can focus on getting the SIDCHROME Supercar Lite dialed in and ready to take on all challengers at the first round in Queensland,” he added.
The fact that McRae has signed on to compete in AustralianRX adds more interest to the fact that Rallycross is one of the fastest growing forms of motorsport and that it is attracting top line talent.
David Ridden, managing director, Global Rallycross Australia explained, “It’s hard to explain how excited we are to welcome Alister to the Championship. He’s a world class driver with a wealth of experience across a number of motorsport disciplines, on both two and four wheels. The Championship is gaining momentum fast,” said David.
“Locking away the round dates and venues, completing the track designs and now having Alister confirm he’ll be running in the Supercar Lites Class proves we’re the real deal.”
It was the performance of the Super Lites Car that attracted Alister McRae into securing a seat for the first ever season of Extreme Rallycross in Australia.
“After driving the Supercar Lite at the Sydney test day I was hooked. The level of engineering and the quality of the finish is world class. The real clincher is just how responsive it is to driver inputs in a variety of conditions. The level of grip changed completely in the afternoon session, but the car balance remained the same, it really hooked up,” said McRae. “It doesn’t matter whether you’re on slippery tarmac or a dry track, the car is awesome.”
As well as the former Rally star testing the car, a few big names were present who also tested the car back in May including Chris Atkinson, Brendan Reeves, Adrian Coppin and Jack Monkhouse plus fast New Zealanders Ben Hunt and Matt Summerfield. McRae is looking forward to racing against some of them.
“There were some very fast drivers at the Sydney test day and I hope they are pulling their own programs together to get on the grid for the first event,” Alister said.
“Running door handle to door handle with these guys, hitting massive jumps and taking on the challenge of dealing with the combination of dirt and tarmac surfaces will be something that every Australian Motorsport fan won’t want to miss.”
The first round of the Australian Extreme Rallycross Championship is running at Lakeside Park in Queensland on 4-5 September.