What?Located near the end of the Vargåsen stage of Rally Sweden, Colin’s Crest is an enormously gnarly jump, the most spectacular jump in all of WRC.
Since 2009 rally organizers have presented the Colin’s Crest Award, named in honor of 1995 World Champion Colin McRae, to the driver who jumps furthest from the huge crest.
Every year, rally organizers measure how far each competitor flies over the crest, the winner receiving the coveted Colin’s Crest Award.
Colin McRae was perhaps the most legendary rally racer of the modern era. After his tragic death in a helicopter crash in 2007, rally organizers set out to find a way to honor the Scottish champion.
On Saturday the WRC cars pass through Colin’s Crest twice – in the SS 11 Vargåsen 1 and SS 14 Vargåsen 2 stages, as well as the Historic class in the stage between the two.
As a mark of respect for Colin McRae, the Rally Sweden organizers set up an award for the longest jump over a crest on the Vargåsen stage of the rally. Making the longest jump here and winning the Colin’s Crest Award brings honor and glory that almost beats an overall victory.
Who’s in 2019?
Despite its slightly inaccessible location, which requires a long walk or a 4WD, this is by far the rally’s most popular arena. It brings together almost 10,000 more or less crazy fans, making it one of the most awesome experiences in WRC.
Who’s on top?
№ 1 Eyvind Brynildsen – 45 m (2016)
Colin’s Crest Award full list
2008, Khalid al Qassimi, 36 m
2009, Inget rally
2010, Marius Aasen, 37 m
2011, Ken Block, 37 m
2012, Ott Tänak, 32 m
2013, Thierry Neuville, 35 m
2014, Juho Hänninen, 36 m
2015, Thierry Neuville, 44 m
2016, Eyvind Brynildsen, 45 m
2017, Mads Østberg, 44 m
2018, Mads Østberg, 42 m
2019, Kris Meeke – 41 m