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Third generation rally driver, Max McRae, is satisfied with his rally debut at Bakers Hill on the weekend, despite teething problems that resulted in a DNF for him and his Ford Fiesta ST150. Seeded 18th, McRae was impressive in the first two stages, and was sitting 10th outright and fourth in class after the first 14 competitive kilometres. “We were really pleased with our start,” McRae said.
“The car was feeling good and Bill (Hayes) and I had developed a good rhythm.”
However, in the third stage, mechanical dramas hit the Ford Fiesta. “Midway through the third stage we broke a driveshaft, so we had to limp back to service, which meant losing lots of time. “The team did an amazing job to get it fixed, so we were able to continue.”

Former WRC star, Alister McRae, changes a driveshaft on son Max's Fiesta on Saturday. Photo: Fats Liddle

However, luck was not McRae’s side, as in stage five, an engine drama spelled the end of the rally. “We were disappointed, to say the least. To have put in so much effort to get to the rally, it was frustrating to have it end via something out of our control,” McRae added.
“However, that’s rallying – we are still able to take the positives out of the day and use them to build experience.
“We will get the car fixed and ready in time for the Forest Rally in September, however, we hope to be able to fit in some testing before that. “I’d like to thank DirtFish, Truck Wholesale WA, Specialist Helicopters, Driver Risk Management and KTec Autohaus for their ongoing support.”

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