Driving an Opel Corsa Rally4, McRae had flown home to Scotland directly from his European Rally Championship debut in Poland, hoping for a strong result on the latest round of the British series.

It wasn’t to be for the 18-year-old.

“I’m pretty gutted with this result,” he said. “I was really looking forward to this event. I’d heard so much about it and so much about the stages, which are really close to home.

“Sadly, this is the sport sometimes. It’s possible we could have carried on, but there was a danger we would have done more damage to the transmission and we couldn’t risk that.

“It’s tough, but we move on from here and look forwards to Latvia, our next ERC outing.

“The good news is that Dad made it home in Italy on what sounded like an amazing event.”

Alister McRae was competing in the Mythical Cars Rally in Italy in a Subaru Impreza WRX.

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