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McRae legacy for budding drivers
Colin McRae
The Colin McRae Foundation will help budding drivers
The family of rally star Colin McRae is to set up a foundation to support budding racing drivers.

McRae, 39, died along with his five-year-old son Johnny when the helicopter he was flying crashed in September last year.

The father-of-two from Lanark won the World Rally Championship (WRC) in 1995 and had 25 WRC wins in his racing career.

A charitable foundation will raise funds for up and coming drivers.

Family friend Ben Porcelli, six, and Graeme Duncan, 37, were also killed in the crash near to Mr McRae's home.

Fitting legacy

The Colin McRae website said: "We are now fairly certain of what we want to achieve and are working on the detail, but we hope to use the Foundation to identify, help and support the motor sporting champions of the future and to raise funds for charitable causes identified by the McRae family.

"As many of you will know Colin had been a long time supporter of young driving talent, as evidenced by his support of the young Kris Meeke and more recently of the Albar Junior programme within the County Saab Scottish Rally Championship.

"It was therefore felt that it would be a fitting legacy to be able to continue this work under the auspices of the Foundation."

Almost 10,000 people turned out on the streets of Lanark on the day of a memorial service held for Mr McRae a fortnight after his death.



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