McRae wins Race to the Sky – highlights


Scotsman Alister McRae conquered the mountain in the iconic Race to the Sky hill climb – while Japanese driver Monster crashed out. 

Driving the late Possum Bourne’s Subaru WRC98, the Perth-based rally driver was fastest up the Cardrona Valley course in a time of 8.17.06.

McRae, 44, raced with Bourne’s Pukekohe-based team, who had to replace the engine before his winning run in the world’s longest gravel hill climb. 

Eight-time champion Nobuhiro ‘Monster’ Tajima, 64, walked away from a spectacular crash in qualifying on Sunday morning, which saw bodywork and the huge spoiler ripped off his heavily-modified Toyota GT86 before he spun off the road.

Tajima holds the course record of 8.01, set in 2006.

Check out the Highlights from Sunday at New Zealand’s iconic REPCO Race to the Sky.