Max McRae – son of Alister, nephew of the late Colin and grandson of Jimmy – commits to Junior ERC for 2023.
The legendary McRae title will return to the FIA European Rally Championship in 2023 after Max McRae confirmed his participation within the Junior ERC class, the established start line for drivers stepping up from nationwide to worldwide stage.
Max McRae is the 18-year-old son of Alister, nephew of the late Colin and grandson of Jimmy. All of them took half on ERC occasions throughout their careers with Jimmy claiming 17 wins and the runner-up spot within the 1982 standings to Tony Fassina.
The tenth Junior ERC season will probably be contested over six occasions beginning with 79th Orlen Rally Poland from 19 – 21 Could by when Max McRae can have relocated from his house in Western Australia to a base in Europe.
“Junior ERC is the proper step for me,” stated Max McRae. “Competing in Australia has been superb for the final couple of years, however I do know I’ve to make the transfer and head throughout to Europe and that’s what this season’s all about.
“Speaking to folks like Iain [Campbell, European Rally Championship Manager] the potential profession development from Junior ERC is admittedly clear and that’s what I’m taking a look at now. There are some superb occasions on the calendar – occasions that supply huge range within the nature of roads, from the super-quick phases of Poland and Latvia to the asphalt rounds in Rome and Zlín. And, in fact, there’s the fully new Royal Rally of Scandinavia in Sweden.”
In addition to constructing his expertise on six occasions he’s by no means contested beforehand, McRae will probably be in competition for the 2024 FIA Junior WRC Championship prize drive, which works to the 2023 Junior ERC champion and additional cements Junior ERC’s position in creating younger proficient drivers for the game’s prime stage.
“I’ve obtained to thank all of my companions and sponsors who’re making Junior ERC attainable this 12 months,” stated McRae. “And the prospect to study new occasions throughout Europe is admittedly necessary for me and my growth – however the actual carrot is the Junior WRC prize drive for subsequent season. That’s positively what we’re taking pictures for this 12 months.”
ERC Supervisor Iain Campbell stated: “The prospects are robust for an additional nice Junior ERC season with a lot of curiosity from current drivers and people aiming to check out worldwide competitors for the primary time. It’s the proper platform for drivers like Max coming from nationwide stage and aiming for the Junior WRC.
“The McRae title is among the most iconic in rallying so we’re extremely honoured to have a 3rd era of the McRae household competing within the ERC. I’m positive Max will comply with within the footsteps of his father, uncle and grandfather and be standing on ERC podiums within the very close to future.”
Junior ERC is open to drivers in Rally4 and Rally5 vehicles aged 27 and underneath on 1 January 2023.
FIA Junior ERC Championship 2023 calendar :
1: 79th Orlen Rally Poland (gravel, 19 – 21 Could)
2: Tet Rally Liepāja, Latvia (gravel, 16 – 18 June)
3: Royal Rally of Scandinavia, Sweden (gravel, 6 – 8 July)
4: Rally di Roma Capitale, Italy (asphalt, 28 – 30 July)
5: Barum Czech Rally Zlín (asphalt, 18 – 20 August)
6: Rally Hungary (asphalt, 6 – 8 October)