Richard Burns
Nationality WRC in England
Debut Rally 1990 RAC Rally
Last Rally (if applicable) 2003 Rally Catalunya
Date of Birth January 17th 1971
First Win/Best Finish 1998 Safari Rally
Wins 10
Championships 1
Official Website Unknown

Richard Burns (January 17, 1971- November 25, 2005) was a British rally driver from Reading, Berkshire. He was the 2001 World Rally Champion.

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Burns in his Subaru in 2001

In 1990 he joined the Peugeot Challenge and won the championship. He won a drive in the 1990 RAC rally and driving a Peugeot 205 GTI finished in 28th place. His next destination was the British Rally Championship and he won the series in 1993 with wins on the Vauxhall Sport, Pirelli, Scottish and Manx rallies.

This led him to the Asia-Pacific Championship and he won the New Zealand Rally, beating Subaru giants such as Kenneth Eriksson and Piero Liatti. This increased his reputation and 2 years later, he had taken his first win on the Safari Rally.

He went to Subaru for the 1999 championship and got a lot of 2nd places. In 2000 he could have won the championship before a crash in Finland handed the win and championship to Marcus Gronholm.

2001 was finally his year and going into the final race either him, Colin McRae or Tommi Makinen could have been champion but they all fell by the way side allowing him to finish 3rd and be the first English Champion.

He the moved to Peugeot for the 2002 season and after a series of problems could only manage 5th in the championship. He could have won the championship in 2003 but he blacked out on the M4 and was taken to hospital. It turned out he had a brain tumour and undergoing surgery.

On Friday November 25, 2005 he sadly died at the age of 34, having been in a coma.