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.
|1.T. MAKINEN/S. HARJANNE||FIN/FIN||MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION III||4.08.50||2. K. ERIKSSON/S. PARMANDER||S/S||SUBARU IMPREZA 555||+1.17|
|3.C. SAINZ/L. MOYA||E/E||FORD ESCORT RS COSWORTH||+1.21|
|4. C. McRAE/D. RINGER||GB/GB||SUBARU IMPREZA 555||+3.11|
|5. R. BURNS/R. REID||GB/GB||MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION III||+3.25|
|6. B. THIRY/S. PREVOT||B/B||FORD ESCORT RS COSWORTH||+11.31|
|7. P. LIATTI/F. PON||I/I||SUBARU IMPREZA 555||+12.06|
|8. P. BOURNE/C. VINCENT||NZ/NZ||SUBARU IMPREZA 555||+12.41|
|1||Tommi Makinen||MITSUBISHI (Lancer)||115|
|3||Kenneth Eriksson||SUBARU (Impreza)||66||4||Colin McRae||SUBARU (Impreza)||52|
|5||Piero Liatti||SUBARU (Impreza)||41|
|8||Richard Burns||MITSUBISHI (Lancer)||18|
|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|
Richard Burns Report 1
Copyright 1996 by Mitsubishi Motors Corporation.
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