The Motor Sports Association, the UK governing body, has paid tribute to Colin McRae, following the news of his fatal helicopter crash in Scotland yesterday.
"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," MSA chief Colin Hilton said in a statement.
"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."