Richard Burns made his debut at the World Rallying stage in 1998, he finished runner-up in 1999 and 2000 before winning the Championship in 2001 becoming the 1st Englishman to win the World Rally Championship.
He switched teams in 2002 (from Subaru to Peugeot) and only managed 5th overall. In 2003 he made a good start and was leading the Championship midway through the season. He lost the lead with 2 events to go and withdrew from the last event of the year after passing out at the wheel of his road car on his way to the Wales Rally. He finished the season in 4th place.
Former World Rally Champion Colin McRae said
To send a personal message/memorial click hereRichard was a friend and at the same time a very fierce rival. We had many great battles, notably the 2001 Rally GB when he took the title
I saw him a number of times during the past two years and the greatest battle he has put up was against his illness.
He was a true character in the world of rallying and will be sadly missed as a competitor and a friend
Richard Burns Official Web Site
Richard Burns R.I.P.