McRae fine after first run since crash

Colin McRae climbed behind the wheel of his Ford Focus WRC in Wednesday morning's official shakedown for the San Remo Rally, and declared himself fine and ready for action. (Photo: Ralph Hardwick)

McRae fine after first run since crash

The Scot completed a couple of runs through the stage in preparation for the event which starts on Friday morning. It is the first time he has driven since the crash in Corsica in which he suffered a double fracture of the cheek. He underwent surgery last week to have a plate inserted in the injury, and was declared fit to compete by the Edinburgh doctors.

"It's a bit painful, but nothing that's going to make any difference at the end of the day," said McRae. "The only problem may be my shoulder. My whole chest and ribs were swollen. Once they had calmed down, my shoulder stayed bad. It's just a pulled muscle and ligaments."

Despite having surgery so recently, McRae looked in good health, just a slight swelling and light bruising the only clue as to what he has been through in the past few weeks.

McRae is now focused on maintining his fight for the World Championship, and is one of four drivers separated by five points going into this weekend's event in San Remo.

You can follow all the action from San Remo with stage-by-stage live timing from 0600BST on Friday morning.

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