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This Is Why Colin McRae Was the Best Rally Driver

Road & Track logo Road & Track 5 days ago Chris Perkins
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At the 2006 X Games, Scottish rally legend Colin McRae looked like he was cruising to an easy victory against Travis Pastrana in the Rally Super Special. McRae managed to pull a 0.77-second lead just 15 seconds into the sprint, and he got faster with every split. Then he rolled.

Setting himself up for the course's final turn, a right-hander, McRae hit the jump with just a little too much speed and rolled his Subaru WRX STI over. But miraculously, McRae's car landed on his tires, and without missing a beat, he powered towards the finish line, just 0.52 seconds behind Pastrana.

a close up of a car: Thirteen years ago today, Colin McRae died in a helicopter accident. This is why we'll never forget him. © X Games Thirteen years ago today, Colin McRae died in a helicopter accident. This is why we'll never forget him.

This moment was a perfect embodiment of McRae's most famous saying, "when in doubt, flat out." He attacked everything with unrivaled commitment.

Pastrana was astounded by what he saw.

"Dude, Colin McRae is straight up a God," Pastrana said. "He rolls the car and I didn't even know if he lost time. That guy's amazing!"

McRae died 13 years ago today in a helicopter accident, a huge loss for the world of rallying. Moments like this illustrate why motorsports fans will remember him always.


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