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MCRAE: "WORLD RX IS A LEARNING CURVE"

Britain’s Alister McRae made his debut in the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy at Loheac in France last weekend, driving the Loco World RX Team’s Volkswagen Polo. He will return to the car at the Bikernieki Circuit in Riga next week, for the Latvian round of World RX. 

“Usually when you do a new sport, you start at club level and work your way up, and I’ve come in at the top end of World Rallycross. It’s definitely a bit of a learning curve,” said McRae in France.

He added: “Before I came to Loheac, I had seen on television how professional it is. The level of competition is extremely high – higher than it’s ever been – the development and the increase in performance of the vehicles has been great over the last couple of years. Whereas three or four years ago you might’ve come in and you would have been fairly competitive, to do that straight away now is very, very difficult. It’s great to be here, it’s every bit as good as I thought it would be and probably even more competitive, so really enjoying it.” 

The former rally driver finished the Loheac event 24th after missing Q4. Learning the Polo Supercar in wet and dry conditions in France, coming from a rallying background McRae says the amount of practice in World RX takes some getting used to, and there’s no margin for error.

McRae explained: “In a rally, you go into a 35 kilometre stage and you can make a mistake in a couple of corners and it’s not the end of the world. Here you make a mistake in a couple of corners and you’ll go from first to fourth in the race – that’s the difference. It just takes time; you can see why a man as great as Sebastien Loeb took a long time to win. He’s fighting at the front but it’s taken a long time to get there and that’s a guy who was nine-times world champion in rallying, so it’s not an easy sport to come in and do well straight away.” 

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