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Hoy set for McRae tribute at Dayinsure Oulton Park Stage

Wednesday, August 21 2019

Olympic track cycling superstar Sir Chris Hoy, MBE will pay special tribute to his boyhood hero - the late Colin McRae - at the Dayinsure Oulton Park Stage on Thursday 3 October, the first stage of this year's Wales Rally GB, the UK's round of the thrilling 2019 FIA World Rally Championship.

Great Britain's joint most-successful Olympic athlete of all time will be honouring his fellow Scot when he slips behind the wheel of a magical Subaru Impreza - a title-winning icon rallied successfully by the great McRae himself.

This extraordinary tribute to the man who lost his life in a helicopter accident almost 11 years ago, will come as the popular Cheshire venue is hosting the opening competitive speed test of this year's Wales Rally GB. Hoy's evocative homage will be the perfect curtain-raiser to the arrival of the WRC cars and stars later in the afternoon.

The 43-year-old from Edinburgh has no fewer than 11 world championship plus six Olympic gold medals to his name. Since stepping off the saddle in 2013, Hoy has been fuelling his massive passion for motorsport - most prominently when finishing the famous Le Mans 24 Hours in 2016. He attributes this unquenchable fervour for four-wheeled competition almost entirely to watching McRae's swashbuckling heroics on television as a teenager.

"All young boys dream of racing cars, but it was really Colin McRae and rallying that got me into motorsport as a teen," admits Hoy. "He was just an awesome driver to watch and he became one of my all-time sporting heroes - so much so, that I made a Racing Legends television programme on his remarkable achievements for BBC Two a few years ago."

"He was the best driver of his time and the first-ever British driver to win the World Rally Championship title… but it was the way he did it that made him so special. You couldn't fail to be excited by his approach: full commitment; maximum attack; absolutely flat-out - just spectacular."

Hoy's presence on track is just one of many attractions on offer to the many thousands of fans flocking to Oulton Park. Gates open at 3pm and visitors of all ages will be treated to some great afternoon entertainment, whetting appetites for the eagerly-awaited WRC's arrival. The current generation of the world's top drivers arrive straight from the Ceremonial Start in Liverpool, first to recce the competitive stage in their rally cars and then to compete against-the-clock.

Meanwhile, stunt drivers will be wowing the crowds and stage sponsor Dayinsure is hosting a special Family Zone providing a wide selection of interactive attractions for visitors of all ages.

Other attractions at Oulton Park include autograph sessions with past and present rally legends, big screens, pyrotechnics, commentary and an eye-catching display of historic rally cars to mark the event's 75th running.

The Autocar 75th Rally GB showcase will feature cars as rallied in period by all the greats including multiple home winners Roger Clark and Richard Burns plus, of course, Colin McRae who scored three home victories in 1994, 1995 and 1997.

All tickets for Oulton Park must be purchased in advance by 30 September with adult admission priced at just £25 with hospitality also available for those seeking the ultimate experience.

For more information or to book now, please call 0843 453 9000 or click here.