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McRae Rally Challenge

supported by Beatsons Building Supplies and Event Scotland

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Sat 2 Jul

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Sun 3 Jul

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First race

The McRae Rally Challenge supported by Beatson's Building Supplies and Event Scotland will be the biggest and best celebratory event anywhere with stars and their cars, both competing and present to join in this special event. Fans will be treated to an array of fabulous cars and crews who have achieved success on the world and national stage. It's an event not to be missed. 

Event Summary

The world of rallying is gearing up for one of the biggest celebrations since Colin McRae became Britain’s first World Rally Champion in 1995. The event, will not only commemorate Colin becoming the youngest ever World Rally Champion but also recognise and celebrate the achievements of Jimmy McRae, Alister and 3rd generation rising star Max McRae. Taking centre stage over the weekend will be the second running of the invitational McRae Rally Challenge supported by Beatson's Building Supplies and Event Scotland, last run at Knockhill in 2015.

The McRae Rally Challenge will incorporate a huge variety of rally attractions, combining static displays with dramatic on-stage rally action. The McRae Rally Challenge event is a special invitational for 65 leading national and international rally crews, which will feature two one-day single venue rallies, a Junior rally event and will also see the newly named "McRae's Corner" in use for the very first time. An eagerly awaited feature will be the “Battle of the McRae’s” as three generations of the McRae family compete head-to-head to determine who is the fastest!


Event Info

World Champions will be present, and competing too, and the first star name on the entry list is non other than Sir Chris Hoy, the six time gold medalist, who will be making his rally debut. Returning is the legend Stig Blomqvist rallying in a Vauxhall Firenza and a host of World Champion navigators.


Another star in attendance is none other than Red Bull backed WRC star Elfyn Evans, the Toyota works driver who will be making a guest appearance (Sunday 3rd only), who will be driving a selection of classic Toyota's and no doubt cheering on his father Gwyndaf who is competing in his own Mk2 Escort. In addition, World Ladies Rally Champions Louise Aitken-Walker and co-driver Tina Thorner will be taking part in the parade of champions in a car she previously competed in.


In 2015 we assembled the largest ever collection of “Colin’s competition cars” ever seen in Scotland which have been driven by the 1995 World Champion during his meteoric career. From his first competition Mini, to the British Championship winning Sierra Cosworth, L555 BAT World Championship winning Subaru and Colin’s project R4 rally car, the display was world class. For the 2022, interest is strong from owners of these historic cars and we are anticipating even more than at the first McRae Rally Challenge to be on display and paraded on track.


Off track, Owners’ Clubs of the cars that Colin rallied, namely Ford and Subaru, including a display of Series McRae road cars, will be gathered to add colour and spectacle to this special event.


Car Show - as part of the weekend we're inviting up to 150 Subaru and Ford Owners' Clubs to join this special celebratory event, including a special display of Series McRae Subarus.



  • 10 Stages with over 40 stage miles of competition
  • Stages will include the main track, hillside rally stage and rallycross track
  • 65 Senior and 20 Junior Entries for the Rally itself
  • The inaugural Event for the newly named McRae's Corner
  • Top names from the Scottish Rally scene all set to compete
  • 6 World Champion star guests including Nicky Grist and Derek Wringer
  • Elfyn Evans will be here doing some demos in a classic Toyota (Sunday)
  • Live Stage and Fan Zone packed with celebrity interviews & forum (Sat Eve)
  • Meet and greet sessions throughout the weekend to meet all the stars
  • A huge collection of Colin McRae cars including L555 BAT & the R4
  • Three generations of McRae competing head-to-head in the Rally
  • Sir Chris Hoy makes his competitive Rally debut in an Evo
  • Up to 45 iconic WRC, Group A and the fantastic Group B cars on display
  • Track sessions for Slowly Sideways and Rallying History vehicles
  • Special parade laps for all the Champions, Colin's Cars and Series McRae
  • A whole heap of special McRae Rally Challenge merchandise for sale
  • And a special McRae Rally Challenge Souvenir programme

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Whats On

  • An invitational 10 stage single venue rally for 90 crews
  • Over 40 miles of competitve stage rallying with a star studded entry
  • Junior 1000 Rally Event – see rally stars of the future
  • Stars from rallying past and present
  • Three generations of the McRae family set to compete head to head - Jimmy, Alister and Max
  • Special Group B rally car exhibits and track sessions
  • A huge collection of Colin’s competition cars on display and paraded
  • Parade of Series McRae road cars
  • Weekend car show (limited space - 150) for Subaru & Ford only
  • Sir Chris Hoy making his rally debut
  • Guest appearance by Red Bull WRC star Elfyn Evans driving a classic Toyota rally car (Sunday only)
  • Guest appearances by WRC Ladies Champions Louise Aitken- Walker and co driver Tina Thorner
  • The return of Stig Blomqvist competing in the event
  • Childrens play area and food courts 

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Please remember that Knockhill is an outdoor venue and you should dress appropriately for that. There can be changeable weather conditions therefore extra clothing and sensible footwear is advised, with trainer type shoes or walking boots preferred (no leather soles or high heels please).

Being on a hillside, the spectator bankings and some pathways are steep, so please take extra care when moving around the site. As we are a motorsport venue, no dogs are allowed on site apart from Guide Dogs. Additional clothing, hats, gloves and sun cream can be purchased from the Circuit Office should you require. We look forward to seeing you at Knockhill and very much hope you enjoy your visit.

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