Richard Burns



RICHARD BURNS - THE BEST OF BRITISH


Richard Burns returned home today in confident mood having scored his best ever overseas result in a round of the globe - trotting World Rally Championship. The 25-year old from Reading finished a fine fourth in last weekend's Argentina Rally, the highest place finish ever achived by a British driver on the daunting South American event. Remarkably it was the first time Richard had ever tackled the rally.

"I'm really pleased withj the result,"says a delighted Burns who bravely overcame 'flu and a mild fever to finish in front of many other fancied runners. "I didn't feel wonderful but the result made me feel a whole lot better, particularly as I was under a bit of pressure from Mitsubishi to get to the finish and score some points in the Manufacturer's Championship."

Richard stirring efforts, added to those of team - mate Tommi Makinen who won the rally, helped Mitsubishi to scored heavily in Argentina. Consequently, it has now closed the gap on series leader Subaru whose champion Colin McRae crashed out of the event before half distance.

"The timed special stages were really fast and tricky - it was odvious that there were going to be casualties along the way. I placed myself sensibly and, while others feel by the wayside, the Mitsubishi never missed a beat," reports Burns.

Richard's busy international schedule now takes him off to New Zealand where he will contest round four of the Asian Pacific Championship. "The result in Argentina plus my second place in the preceding Malaysian Asian Pacific round, give me great confidence for New Zealand," says Burns.


PROVISIONAL FINAL CLASSIFICATION

                 
1.T. Makinen-S. Harjanne FIN/FIN MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION III 5.32.14
2.C. Sainz/L. Moya E/EFORD ESCORT RS COSWORTH 5.50.17
3.K. Eriksson/S. Parmander S/SSUBARU IMPREZA 555 5.53.21
4.R. Burns/R. Reid GB/GBMITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION III5.56.43
5.B.Thiry/S.Prevot B/BFORD ESCORT RS COSWORTH 5.57.07...etc

Next update : Richard's preview of the New Zealand Rally(July 27-30)

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