The Irishman, who will drive his own MG Metro 6R4 on September 21, is the first of a host of legends to be named for the Castle Combe event.
Alister might not have as many British Rally Championship titles as his father, Jimmy, but he outscores him convincingly in terms of FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship crowns (he’s got two: the 1999 F2 award and the outright series win in 2011).
Alister is really looking forward to making the trip back to the UK from Western Austrailia for this year's Rallyday event.
Father to both Alister and Colin, a Rallyday veteran and an incredibly successful rallying legend in his own right, Jimmy McRae will also return for 2019’s instalment.
The five-time BRC champ commented: “Rallyday’s a special event and we always get a warm welcome. It’ll be great to share that with Alister. The team are lining up some interesting cars for us, which will be great – just as long as mine are faster than his!”
Biasion made his debut at the Castle Combe event last year and was an immediate hit with the crowd. He demonstrated some of Lancia’s finest machinery – including the class of Delta in which he won the 1988 and 1989 world titles – and then regaled fans with tales from one of the most iconic periods of rallying history.
“I really had a good time at Rallyday last year,” said Biasion. “When the chance came to come back to this event again this time, I said yes straight away. It’s really nice to drive these amazing cars and to meet so many old friends from my time in the sport.
France’s first ever World Rally Champion Didier Auriol is the latest star to join an impressive driver line-up for September’s Rallyday.
The 1994 world champion makes his maiden appearance at Castle Combe on the recommendation of former Lancia team-mate Miki Biasion, who attended for the first time last year.
“I was talking to Miki a few weeks ago,” Auriol said, “and he was telling me about this event with a lot of people, nice cars and a nice time to drive, so I wanted to come to see for myself Rallyday.”
Auriol will drive a selection of cars from the Rally Replay stable, the most memorable of which is likely to be the Delta HF Integrale he used to win the 1000 Lakes and Rally Australia in 1992.
Rally co-driving legend, Nicky Grist, has been confirmed as the latest in a line of extremely well-known stars of the sport set attend Rallyday 2019.
Grist occupies a very special place within British motorsport; not least as he is the UK’s most successful co-driver. Grist’s career saw him fight at the very top of the rallying world (and in one of the sport’s most competitive eras).
The Welshman’s dulcet tones provided the background to a generation of video game fans, and he’s since become a household name, a much loved and revered part of the British motorsport landscape.
Ryan has been involved in the world of Rallying for many years, and still competes in events around the world. He was fortunate enough to be able to purchase his ex-British Rally Championship car and showcased this at last year's Rallyday event.
As well as behind the wheel on the legends stage this year, Champion is also known for his TV and rasio roles for the Wales Rally and we are delighted to announce that Ryan will also join this year's Rallyday commentary team!
Ian grew up in a motorsport family and environment and now has extended the service’s offering to provide expertise and knowledge in the restoration, recommissioning, enhancement, maintenance and preparation of rare and unique historic and classic rally, race and road cars.
Having pretty much retired from all competitive driving when he concentrated on his BGMsport business, Ian is very much looking forward to this year’s Rallyday event.