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Kris to drive Xsara at Knockhill

Friday, 8th May 2015 - by Site Admin
Kris to drive Xsara at Knockhill

Kris is to drive a modern classic from Citroen Racing at next weekend’s McRae Rally Challenge at Knockhill, it has been announced.

The Northern Irishman – who was mentored by the Scot during his early career – will drive a Citroen Xsara WRC prepared by the factory team at the 16-17 May event, which is based at Knockhill in Scotland and is designed to commemorate the 20th anniversary of McRae winning the 1995 World Rally Championship.

Citroen Racing is planning to restore the vehicle to the same livery used by McRae when he drove for the team in 2003, scoring a best finish of second on the season-opening Monte Carlo Rally.

The recent Rally Argentina winner does have some experience of the Xsara; he tested the car for Citroen Racing, and also used an ex-works example to claim a podium finish on the prestigious Bologna Rallysprint.

Kris said, ‘I need to say a huge thanks to Citroen Racing for doing this. It’s obviously a special event and there were a lot of people wanting me to turn up in the current car, the DS3, but for me getting the Xsara is really special. It’s a car that I remember well, and I remember Colin driving it when I was involved with him back in 2003.

‘The car in question will be in the livery of the day and it’s actually one of the cars that Colin drove, so for me this is a terrific way of paying tribute to him. I have driven the car once or twice before, on the Isle of Man [pictured above], actually; when Citroen was developing the C4 I did some back-to-back runs. But it’ll be particularly special to be driving a works car and one that Colin actually drove himself. I can’t wait.’