The grandson of a legend pushes the rally to the max


Most 17 year old drivers are still trying to get a feel for the merger on Perth roads or running a parallel park.

Max McRae, however, is preparing to take on Australia’s most intrepid drivers on the high octane rally car circuit.

And given his pedigree, it’s no surprise that he’s aiming for the global stages.

Max’s grandfather, Jimmy, holds five British Rally Championship titles – the most rider count – while his father, Alister, enjoyed a decorated international career spanning more than two decades.

But the most famous McRae name in sports belongs to Max’s uncle, the late Colin McRae.

Camera iconMax McRae with his father Alister McRae (left) and grandfather Jimmy McRae (right). Credit: provided/provided

The Scottish driver won the 1995 World Championship and helped Subaru win a treble of constructors’ titles in the World Rally Championship between 1995 and 1997.

Colin McRae’s revered reputation led video game makers Codemasters to release seven racing games in his name between 1998 and 2009.

His sudden death in a helicopter crash within a mile of the McRae family home in Scotland in 2007 shocked the racing world.

Her five-year-old son Johnny and family friends Graeme Duncan and six-year-old Ben Porcelli were also killed in the crash.

Max, who lives in Perth, has now been tapped to carry on his family’s legacy in their beloved motorsport and has just signed with Auto One ahead of the 2022 Australian Rally Championship.

Camera iconColin McRae Credit: Unknown/Provided

He finished second at the Junior Nationals in Queensland earlier this year.

“I have always been obsessed with rally racing and I am delighted to be entering the big leagues,” he said.

“Love the absolute engagement while driving, the speed of it all and how fearless you have to be.

“My grandfather and father always told me to put as much effort as possible into motorsport, whether on stages or outside of training at the gym.”

Max McRae crosses the line first in the KA4 junior fires.  Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser
Camera iconMax McRae crosses the line first in the KA4 junior fires.
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Max has clearly left an impression on his new sponsors, who support his aspiration to compete on European circuits after next year’s national seven-round championship.

“Max is such an important asset to our team,” said Auto One spokesperson Lara Galvin.

“He is committed and dedicated to his craft, as well as a great role model to other young people in the sport.”

When Max isn’t preparing for his next race, he works as a mechanic at Arise Racing, based in Neerabup.


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