McRae looking good for San Remo

Colin McRae is on the verge of winning his battle to regain fitness for next week's San Remo Rally. The Scotsman hopes to be given an all-clear by surgeons tomorrow (Friday)

McRae looking good for San Remo

McRae fractured his cheekbone during an 80mph accident on the Corsica Rally at the end of last month and underwent surgery at the beginning of this week to reset the fracture. Surgeons at the Murrayfield hospital in Edinburgh will examine the Scot on Friday and the 32-year-old is expected to be given the green light to compete on Italy's round of the World Rally Championship.

Ultimately, the decision will come down to how much pain McRae can withstand, and Ford's racewear suppliers Sparco have already been contacted by the M-Sport run team to discuss alternative types of crash helmet. Various designs are being assessed which would provide support to the side of McRae's face while reducing pressure on his damaged cheekbone.

McRae lies third in the drivers' championship, just one point ahead of Ford team mate Carlos Sainz and four points behind the current leader, Peugeot's Marcus Gronholm.

If McRae is passed fit on Friday, the 1995 World Rally Champion will fly to Italy on Sunday to begin the three days of reconnaissance on Monday morning. The pre-event test in the San Remo region scheduled for McRae on Sunday has been cancelled.

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