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Just to feed your hunger for more WRC news:....

And don't worry...it's the OTHER McRae that signed with Mitsubishi.....

Mitsubishi have today announced their driver line-up for 2002 and 2003. Upon leaving Ford, Francois Delecour has completed his move to a top works team, along with co-driver Daniel Grataloup. Joining the Frenchman in a surprise move is Scotland's Alister McRae and co-driver David Senior who leave Hyundai after two years with the team.

The combination of Delecour and McRae should produce one of the strongest pairings in the championship. In an era of specialist drivers for different surfaces, the Mitsubishi Ralliart Europe team is delighted to have secured the services of two genuine all-rounders, who both have proven speed and ability on all the surfaces which make up the modern World Rally Championship.

In addition to outright speed and ability on the stages, both François and Alister have demonstrated the necessary skills required to develop a new car, which will prove useful as the team moves forward with the Lancer Evolution WRC, Mitsubishi’s first world rally car.

François spent the 2001 season competing with Ford in the third works Focus’ and it was a year he enjoyed. However, the opportunity to join Mitsubishi Ralliart Europe was one that he could not pass up. "It will be very good to drive for Mitsubishi, a team that has produced a four-times world champion," commented Delecour.

"It’s a fantastic opportunity for me. I have been extremely impressed with the car during 2001, particularly on the Safari, where Tommi was so fast and the car was so strong on a very difficult rally. I realise there is a new car but with Mitsubishi’s history, I’m positive it will be successful and I’m very pleased to be part of the team," he added.

Complimenting François’ vast experience and flamboyant nature is Alister McRae’s more reserved and calculating style. Two years in the Hyundai Accent World Rally Car, developing it alongside achieving laudable results, means he brings an excellent combination of skills to Mitsubishi. "For me, this is a very exciting time and I’m very much looking forward to working with Mitsubishi," said Alister.

"The team clearly is one that knows how to succeed, as four drivers’ and one manufacturers’ championship demonstrates. And for next year, I’m sure we can help develop the car further and win rallies and more championships in the future," he added.

Ralliart Europe Chairman, Andrew Cowan, said; "We are delighted to have been able to secure the services of these two very experienced drivers, François [Delecour] and Alister [McRae]. François, with the pace and commitment he demonstrates on each and every rally, along with his vast experience, will be a tremendous asset to the team, as well as the development of the new car.

"Alister has an enormous amount of experience and has already demonstrated his ability and determination. We are looking forward to seeing him help develop the car but also achieve the success that we believe he is capable of, as part of a proven championship-winning team. I personally feel that the combination of François and Alister, and the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution WRC, will help the team and Mitsubishi move forward into a new era of success in the World Rally Championship," he added.

As is standard practice within Mitsubishi Ralliart Europe, both drivers will receive equal status, ensuring equal resource and equal opportunity to prove their own abilities and those of the Lancer Evolution WRC. François and Alister will be the permanently nominated Mitsubishi manufacturer entries on every round of the 2002 FIA World Rally Championship.

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GEESUS!!! Don't scare me like that again. I can barely live with the fact we losing one of our good drivers but 2 is just what ford needs! Like I said in another thread I knew it was gunna happen and it was just a matter of time before we (Ford) lost one of thier drivers.
 

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Cobra said:
GEESUS!!! Don't scare me like that again. I can barely live with the fact we losing one of our good drivers but 2 is just what ford needs! Like I said in another thread I knew it was gunna happen and it was just a matter of time before we (Ford) lost one of thier drivers.

Ditto that. Nearly had a Heart attack.
 

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LOL! Yeah, that mentioning the word "McRae" in the header without any explanation would attract a bit of "attention" ;)
 

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One of the best combinations is a bit strong. I don't think its in the same class as C McRae and Sainz or Burns and Gronholm. Still Mitsubishi always have a good package so they will be competitive.

Who is going to replace Delecour?, I heard it good be Markko Martin from Subaru.
 

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At least Mcrae the younger doesn't stuff cars like his (faster) brother.:D
 

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Adam W said:
Still I'd rather be fast and crash occasionally than slow and never crash.;)
I guess that's why his nickname is Colin McCrash!
 
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