The inaugural RACMSA Rally of Scotland ended on a high on Saturday 21 November, with a spectacular Ceremonial Finish at Stirling Castle.
Hundreds of fans gathered on the castle’s esplanade to see Brits Kris Meeke and Guy Wilks take first and second place respectively, with Scottish legend Alister McRae completing the podium’s top steps. The event attracted fans, drivers and media from across the globe and was hailed as a huge success by organisers, partners and spectators.
After a titanic battle on classic Scottish forest stages in Perth and Kinross on Friday and west of Stirling in the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park today, Meeke proved victorious in his Kronos-prepared Peugeot 207. This victory is the icing on the cake for his championship year in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC).
Commenting after his win, Kris Meeke said: “It’s a dream come true this year for me and I hope I have shown that I am one of the best out there – it has been the best experience of my life. That car never missed a beat all year and I thank the entire team for that. For me personally, though, this victory on the first Rally of Scotland is dedicated to the guy who helped me get started in my career: Colin McRae.”
Paul Bush OBE, chief operating officer at EventScotland, the national events agency, said: "Scotland has once again proved to be an outstanding host for motorsport. Over the past three days some of the world's top rally drivers have competed over some of the world's toughest stages in conditions which have been both challenging and exhilarating. Spectators and viewers have been treated to some of the best rallying action ever seen on Scottish soil and witnessed Brit Kris Meeke win his first rally since securing the IRC Drivers’ Championship on the last round. Our congratulations go to the top Scottish driver, Alister McRae who fought off tough competition to come third.
"The 2009 Rally of Scotland has well and truly set the bar for the coming two years when the rally will return to Scotland. Thousands of motor sports fans will be able to enjoy highlights of the competition on Eurosport over the coming week and thousands more will have been watching it live around the world.