MacCrone thrills huge Knockhill crowd in spectacular Fiesta R5 at McRae Rally Challenge
(18th May 2015)

John MacCrone thrilled the huge crowd of spectators that braved a wintry May weekend at Knockhill Racing Circuit in Fife. with some spectacular driving in a Ford Fiesta R5.

You wouldn’t have thought it was the first time the talented 25-year old Mull driver had driven the Pirelli-shod car in Tarmac spec, as MacCrone blasted over the 30 mile, 10 stage event in truly awesome style – befitting the occasion, which celebrated the 20th anniversary of another flamboyant Scottish driver, Colin McRae, winning the FIA World Rally Championship in 1995.

Co-driven by brother Alistair, John finished sixth overall out of the 45 drivers who had been invited to contest the biggest single-venue rally Knockhill has ever seen, after losing time with a power steering problem.

John said: “I was honoured to be invited to contest the McRae Rally Challenge, and it was really cool to be able to do it in the Fiesta R5. We came to Knockhill with the intention to learn the car, entertain the sponsors, put on a good show for the fans and celebrate the 20th anniversary of Colin McRae becoming world rally champion, and I think we ticked all the boxes.

“It’s a shame a problem with the power steering dropped us a bit of time and put us out of the race for the win, but we still had a great time. I’d only driven the Fiesta R5 in gravel spec before, so it was nice to try it in Tarmac trim and I was very impressed by the way it accelerates, turns and stops. I felt comfortable in the Fiesta R5 straight away, and now we’re hoping to do a few more events in the car.”

John’s appearance at the McRae Rally Challenge was made possible thanks to his sponsors: Watermans, Oilfast, G.S Robertson, Castrol, TSL, Colin M Smith, Rally Travel and Strathtay Potato Company.

John’s Fiesta R5 also carried the TCCL Lodge logo at Knockhill, which is a charity that raises money to renovate and run a holiday home in St Andrews, for children with cancer. John is a keen supporter of this charity and has his own fundraising page:


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