McRae Jr in Group N switch

Former Mitsubishi WRC works driver Alister McRae has signed for the R.E.D team to contest the 2004 FIA Production Car World Championship

McRae Jr in Group N switch

The 32-year-old Scot, younger brother of 1995 World Champion Colin, will drive a Prodrive-built Group N Subaru Impreza, similar to the car used by Martin Rowe to clinch the 2003 championship.

R.E.D has vast experience of the WRC, having previously run cars for Ari Vatanen, Didier Auriol and Colin McRae.

R.E.D team boss Neil Gatt said: "It's been a while since the McRae name has been on an R.E.D car therefore I am thrilled to be running Alister in the PWRC next year."

McRae has known for some time that his services are not required by Mitsubishi for 2004, but with most of the top seats taken he was never likely to stay in the top class.

"Clearly a full works WRC drive was my priority for 2004," McRae admitted, "however in the absence of that, the PWRC for 2004 looks to be the next best thing. I'm really looking forward to what is looking like being a very competitive championship."

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