THE nephew of late rally star Colin McRae is set to feature at a spectacular car racing event at Knockhill Racing Circuit this weekend.

Rising world rally competitor Max McRae will get behind the wheel of an FIA Cross Car on Sunday as the West Fife venue hosts the BTRDA Clubman Rallycross Championship.

Taking place on both tarmac and loose surfaces, rallycross puts the all-round skill of a racing driver, and that and the car control of a rally competitor, to the test in short, sharp races of between five and six laps.

Max, 19, will make his rallycross debut in a cross car buggy at Scotland's national home of motorsport, which last year hosted the second running of the 'McRae Rally Challenge'.

The teenager joined his grandfather Jimmy, a five-time British Rally Championship winner, and his dad, Alister, who won the British title in 1995, at the event, which celebrated the motorsport legacy of the family and their links to Knockhill.

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That included remembering Colin, Britain's first World Rally Championship winner who passed away in 2007, as the first right-hand corner of the circuit was renamed 'McRae's Corner'.

As the competitors drive down Duffus Dip, the right at Leslie's onto McRae's Corner, they will race through the middle of the venue on the loose section, rejoining just before the Hairpin Tri-Oval, before heading back towards Duffus Dip.

"It's the joint-biggest entry we've had for a Knockhill (rallycross) event," Stuart Gray, director of events at Knockhill, commented.

"We've got 57 entries which, for rallycross, is really good, and top of the bill is Max McRae.

"He's registered as an instructor on our rally race school now, who are all amongst the best in the UK, and have good pedigree. He wanted to be involved as much as he could, subject to his rally commitments, and here's here regularly. He's fitted in really well.

"Our link with the McRae family goes back around 40 years, so it's nice to continue that."

Rallycross, where sideways is good and fun is top of the agenda, will wow the crowds with constant, continual racing throughout the day, particularly as Knockhill's layout provides the fastest action in the UK.

The day will feature a mix of two-wheel and four-wheel drive rallycross cars, classics, juniors and the FIA cross car buggies, which are lightweight and high performing.

A total of 24 races will take place on Sunday, with the first scheduled for 9.45am, with the action continuing until 4.30pm.

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