McRae Rally Challenge firms up delayed 2021 date

The anniversary celebration rally will run a year later than planned, but it now has a set place on the calendar


The second ever running of the McRae Rally Challenge – originally planned for October this year – has been rescheduled for October 2/3 2021 at Scottish race circuit Knockhill to mark 25 years since Colin McRae won the World Rally Championship.

Despite 2021 in fact commemorating 26 years since McRae’s 1995 success, event organizers didn’t want to see their plans go to waste.

The inaugural event was held to celebrate 20 years since McRae’s title, and several stars from the world of rallying attended what was an exhibition but also a competitive rally. Kris Meeke – who lived in McRae’s family home for several years – drove a Citroën Xsara WRC as course car, fresh from his maiden WRC victory in Argentina, while fittingly, Alister McRae won the competitive rally in a Proton Satria S2000.

Next year’s event however is expected to be bigger and better with three generations of McRae – Jimmy, Alister and Max – all competing in the 50-strong rally with several other, yet to be confirmed World Rally Champions set to join them.

As well as the rally and a static display of several of McRae’s competition cars, a rally forum and celebratory dinner in a local hotel were to be held across the weekend too. These elements are expected to remain, but more details will be revealed next spring when the look of a post-coronavirus pandemic world becomes clearer.

Tickets for the event are on sale now.

Words:Luke Barry