McRae linked with Subaru return

Out-of-contract Ford star Colin McRae is rumoured to be considering a return to Subaru, the manufacturer which took him to the World Rally Championship title in 1995.

McRae linked with Subaru return

The Scot is meeting with Subaru top brass today (Thursday) to discuss the possibility of signing to drive alongside four-time WRC champion Tommi Makinen and rising Norwegian star Petter Solberg.

"We are not planning on running a third driver" Subaru team principal David Lapworth told The Times newspaper. "But the proposition of having Colin back is too strong to ignore. There are only two or three drivers capable of pulling world-class performances out of the bat under pressure. Colin is one of them."

McRae drove for Subaru between 1991 and 1999, first in the Legacy and then in the massively successful Impreza, winning 18 WRC rallies.

Apart from Subaru, French manufacturer Citroen is the other team McRae could drive for if he decides to leave Ford at the end of the season.

"It's very tempting to come to an agreement with Citroen," said McRae. "The team is very well set up and you only have to look at their results and competitiveness to see how attractive they are.

"I have had an offer from them, but it is not yet right, and I am meeting with Subaru in Italy. I have also yet to receive an offer from Ford. Malcolm Wilson wants me to stay and I am in no hurry to make up my mind, but they will have to move soon."

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