Alister McRae to miss New Zealand Rally

Alister McRae will not compete in the New Zealand Rally after the Scot was advised to sit out the event to allow his bruised liver to heal

Alister McRae to miss New Zealand Rally

McRae suffered the injury in a bicycle accident ahead of the Sanremo Rally. Although he started the Italian tarmac round, he was forced to withdraw after the first day due to his discomfort in the car.

"It was a fairly big fall," said Alister. "I went over the handlebars and landed on my back on a downhill section I use quite a lot. I went to Accident and Emergency, for the first time since I was a kid, and was given the all clear. I took it easy prior to the rally but it took more out of me that I thought it would. The team withdrew me from Sanremo to recover and the team surgeon suggested I had some more checks when I got home. It was then that the bruising was discovered.

"Recovery shouldn't be a problem though, as long as I take it completely easy for a few weeks. It's a shame to miss New Zealand as it is my favourite event but I hope to be back in the car by Australia. "

Mitsubishi will draft in Finn Jani Paasonen and co-driver Arto Kapanen to partner Francois Delecour in New Zealand.

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