Long Rake Spar is supporting 18-year-old Max McRae for the 2023 Rally season.
Max 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. Sadly Max had to retire from the Jim Clark Rally with a broken driveshaft on the opening stage.
“I’m pretty gutted with this result,” said Max. “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.“
Rally sport runs in the McRae family, with Dad Alister away with the Subaru Impreza, gaining a superb fourth place at the inaugural Logiman Mythical Cars Rally in Italy. Max finished by saying “The good news is that Dad made it home in Italy on what sounded like an amazing event.”
Alister reiterated those thoughts, adding: “Obviously we’re disappointed for Max. He went there looking for seat time and to gain experience and that’s not happened. It’s also not ideal when you have new sponsors Asset Alliance and Long Rake Spar on the car, which we did in Scotland. Like Max said, rallying can be cruel sometimes. For me, I’m happy. My job was quite different here. I was at the Logiman Mythical Cars Rally to have some fun, drive a great car in the Best Impreza and enjoy the atmosphere being back on a great Italian rally. Seriously though, great weekend for us, tough one for Max – but mechanical issues are part of the game and he’ll be back soon enough.”