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Fears grow for rally champ McRae

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  • Helicopter registered to rallying champion Colin McRae crashes in Scotland
  • Police say there are no survivors in the crash near McRae's home
  • McRae won the world champion with Subaru in 1995
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LONDON, England (CNN) -- Former World Rally auto racing champion Colin McRae was feared dead Saturday after a helicopter crash at his Scottish base at Jerviswood, Lanark, just south of a line midway between Glasgow and Edinburgh.


McRae won the world rally championship in 1995 driving a Subaru.

Police said there were no survivors of the crash.

A team of investigators was examining the wreckage and searching the area around the crash, whose cause was unknown.

A spokeswoman for Strathclyde Police said it was not known how many people were on the helicopter.

No formal identifications were expected until Sunday.

McRae, from Scotland, won the Rally World Championship in 1995 and was honored by being made a Member of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth.

After quitting the World Rally circuit, he competed in the Dakar Rally and LeMans' 24-hour race.

His fame has also spread via his computer game, which has sold millions of copies.

McRae also has a base in Monaco.

The Scottish Press Association said the 39-year-old driver is a licensed pilot and owner of a helicopter. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

CNN's Nick Wrenn contributed to this report.

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