Richard Burns



BURNS GRABS FURTHER GLORY IN AUSTRALIA


Richard Burns underlined his status among the international rally driving elite with a fighting fifth in Rally Australia which ended in Perth today (16 September). After three days of cut-throat competition, the 25 years old Englishman from Reading finished just 14 seconds behind out-going World Championship Colin McRae. The Scotsman has now lost his crown to Burns' Mitsubishi team-mate Tommi Makinen - the Finn who won his fifth event of the season in Australia.

Richard's highly accomplished result, which was achieved in uncharacteris-tically wet and slippery conditions, elevates him to a splendid second place in the Asian-Pacific Rally Championship and to eighth in the World Rally Championship - a remarkable showing for a driver who has only contested three of the seven WRC rounds staged so far in 1996. Between them, Makinen and Burns have also strengthened Mitsubishi's lead in the all-imporrtant World Rally Championship for Munufacturers.

"I'm absolutely delighted to have scored another good finish... more so as this was only my second attempt at the event while rivals like McRae have tackled it - and won - countless times before. It was unbelievably wet in places and it's hard to believe all the top drivers made it through unscathed. My battle with Colin for the honour of being Top Brit went right down to the wire. I had a real go today cutting his advantage from 22 to 14 seci=onds but in the end we simply ran out of time," said Burns.

"Tommi has now clinches the Drivers' Championship and our two results in Australia, where both cars ran faultlessly, has put Mitsubishi in pole position to take the Manufacturers' title as well."

Although second place in Australia eas enough to give Subaru's Kenneth Eriksson back-to-back Asian Pacific Drivers' crown in that series, too. Burns, who won the previous round in New Zealand, will be keen to Beijing (October 19-25) - the deciding round of this year's Asian -Pacific Rally Championship.




PROVISIONAL FINAL CLASSIFICATION

                          
1.T. MAKINEN/S. HARJANNE FIN/FINMITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION III 4.08.50
2. K. ERIKSSON/S. PARMANDER S/SSUBARU IMPREZA 555 +1.17
3.C. SAINZ/L. MOYA E/E FORD ESCORT RS COSWORTH +1.21
4. C. McRAE/D. RINGER GB/GBSUBARU IMPREZA 555 +3.11
5. R. BURNS/R. REID GB/GBMITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION III +3.25
6. B. THIRY/S. PREVOT B/BFORD ESCORT RS COSWORTH +11.31
7. P. LIATTI/F. PON I/ISUBARU IMPREZA 555 +12.06
8. P. BOURNE/C. VINCENT NZ/NZSUBARU IMPREZA 555 +12.41

1996 FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers (Gr-A)
After Round 7

Driver Team (vehicle) Point
1 Tommi Makinen MITSUBISHI (Lancer) 115
2 Carlos Sainz FORD(Escort) 74
3 Kenneth Eriksson SUBARU (Impreza) 66
4 Colin McRae SUBARU (Impreza) 52
5 Piero Liatti SUBARU (Impreza) 41
6 Juha Kankkunen TOYOTA(Celica) 37
7 Burno Thiry FORD(Escort) 20
8 Richard Burns MITSUBISHI (Lancer) 18


1996 FIA Asia-Paciic Rally Championship for Drivers
After Round 5

  
Driver Team (vehicle) Point
1 Kenneth Eriksson SUBARU (Impreza)65
2 Richard Burns MITSUBISHI (Lancer) 43
= Piero Liatti SUBARU (Impreza) 43
4 Carlos Sainz FORD(Escort) 32
5 Colin McRae SUBARU (Impreza) 30


Remaining Asian Pacific Rally Championship rounds

: Hong Kong - Beijing (19-25 October).

Richard Burns Report 1



Copyright 1996 by Mitsubishi Motors Corporation.

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