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Also making the trip to SA will be British businessman John Lloyd. Both drivers will be driving Mitsubishi Evo VIIIs prepared by Neil Allport Motorsport of Auckland, New Zealand.

Alister McRae is one of Britain?s most experienced drivers, having competed 76 rounds of the World Rally Championship.

The Scottish driver has previously competed on the Safari Rally in Kenya, but this will be his first competitive outing in South Africa.

McRae is this year competing in the Chinese Rally Championship and got off to a good start when he won the opening round.

Alister is part of the illustrious McRae rally family; with father Jimmy the most successful British Rally Championship competitor in history, with five titles.

World series

He also won at World Championship level, and competed in South Africa on a number of occasions.

Brother Colin was World Champion in 1995 and was considered one of the fastest rally drivers of all time, scoring 25 world rally championship wins. He was also twice British Rally Champion.

"It is another interesting event," McRae told a British radio station.

"I have never been to a rally in South Africa. I have been to Kenya for the Safari, once - so that is going to be a new thing.

"It will be very interesting to go down there and compete against the S2000 cars that they are running in their local championship".

John Lloyd has worked with the Kiwi based Allport Motorsport team for the past seven years contesting the Asia Pacific and World Rally Championships.

African events

He is no stranger to the African Rally Championship, having finished second overall in Namibia and third in the Equator Rally in Kenya.

"I was born in Tanzania and grew up in Kenya so I have always had a great love of Africa,? he says.

"Having competed on rounds of the Africa Rally Championship in Namibia, South Africa and Kenya I feel that Africa should have a round of the World Rally Championship.

"I am looking forward to competing on the event among the international entries and with Alister McRae as my team mate.

McRae and Lloyd are both looking forward to the challenges of the stages in the Durban district. It will be a new event for them both and a new country for the Allport Team.

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