|“On behalf of the entire community of UK motor sport, we send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Colin McRae and those involved in yesterday`s accident.
“Colin was an inspiration to all who knew him and to millions around the world who knew of him. His energy, commitment and extraordinary talent brought him domestic and international success, while his uncompromising style and determination made him the hero of fans everywhere.
“Throughout a glorious career, that saw him rise from the grassroots of the sport to the pinnacle of the world stage, Colin was always a great ambassador for Scottish and UK motor sport. Since retiring from the WRC, he has continued to dedicate himself to the sport, in particular the development of the next generation of rally drivers and co-drivers.
“He will be sorely missed by everyone and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Having claimed the British Rally Championship in 1991 and 1992, Colin McRae became Britain`s first ever World Rally Champion (and the youngest) in 1995 at the wheel of his Subaru, and went on to finish as runner-up in 1996, 1997 and 2001, claiming a total of 25 WRC victories. He retired from the World Rally Championship in 2004, but continued to compete in a variety of events, including Le Mans 24 Hours, Paris-Dakar and domestic rallies. He was 39 years old.
Release MSA07-056: 16 September 2007