It put rallying in the spotlight with a level of popularity and prominence that has not been seen since.
We look back at that victory a quarter of a century ago and the talent of McRae in a series of articles from the Motor Sport Archive.
November 1995 could have ended very differently. Our report of those autumn stages begins with the controversy that had spilled over from the previous round where McRae had been forced to gift team-mate Carlos Sainz victory in his native Spain, bringing both to Britain level on championship points: one rally to resolve the title.
Tommi Makinen led initially, followed by Sainz and then McRae. Damage to the Mitsubishi put Makinen out of contention, but then McRae hit trouble with a puncture that cost him two minutes.