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Photo of the day: Airborne – Colin McRae (1997)

Submitted by on May 6, 2014

colin mcraeColin McRae grabs some airtime at the 1997 Rally of Australia.

It was late in the season of WRC 1997, and Colin McRae was charging hard to catch points leader Tommi Makinen. McRae had won the round prior in Italy, however third place for Makinen meant the pair remained separated by a considerable gap.

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This photo shows Colin McRae on his way to win again in Australia, however Tommi was right behind him in second, diluting the effect of McRae’s efforts incredible efforts upon the overall championship standings. Colin McRae would go on to win in Great Britain in the next and final round of the season, marking three consecutive wins, however even coming in 6th would allow Makinen to win the championship by 1 point – McRae 62, Makinen 63.

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