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Colin McRae (1968-2007)


Colin Steele McRae, (5 August 1968 - 15 September 2007) was a Scottish World Rally Championship driver, the son of five-time British Rally Champion, Jimmy McRae and older brother of professional driver Alister McRae. He won the world driver's title in 1995, was championship runner-up in 1996, 1997 and 2001, and third in 1998.

He helped Subaru to the Manufacturers' title in 1995, 1996 and 1997, and Citroën in 2003. He was appointed MBE (Member of the Order of British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996.

An AS350B2 Squirrel helicopter registered G-CBHL to McRae crashed 1 mile north of Lanark, Scotland on 15 September 2007, which is close to the McRae family home. McRae was known to be a keen helicopter pilot, and his agent Jean-Éric Freudiger has stated that McRae was piloting the helicopter at the time of the crash. Police confirmed the next day that McRae, his five year old son Johnny, and two family friends, Graeme Duncan and Johnny's six year old friend Ben Porcelli, died in the crash. The ColinMcRae.com homepage was removed on the day of his death and replaced with a black screen.

WRC starts: 146
first: Sweden 1987
latest: Turkey 2006
Results wins: 25 (17.1% of starts)
second places: 9
third places: 8
total podiums: 42 (28.8% of starts)
points finishes: 79
total points scored: 626 (drivers' championship points)
DNF's: 60 (41.1% of starts)
Stage wins: 477

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