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Richard Alexander Burns (17 January 1971 – 25 November 2005) was a British rally driver who won the 2001 World Rally Championship , having previously finished runner-up in the series in 1999 and 2000 . Born in Reading, Berkshire , he also helped Mitsubishi to the world manufacturers' title in 1998 , and Peugeot in 2002 . His co-driver in his whole career was Robert Reid . Burns was known by his smooth, methodical driving style, which was unusual for such a young driver of his generation. He was the patron for the Under 17 Car Club , of which he was an ex-Member.

In 1990 he joined the Peugeot Challenge after David Williams bought Burns a Peugeot 205 GTI . He got his first taste of a World Rally Championship event in Great Britain as a prize for winning the Peugeot Challenge that year. In 1991 Burns met Robert Reid, the man who was to become his co-driver for the next 12 years. For 1992 Williams bought Burns a Group N Subaru Legacy and with the support of Prodrive won the National Championship. This year also saw Burns help out Colin McRae with his gravel notes [3] as Prodrive saw him as a promising driver for the future.

In 1993 he joined the Subaru Rally Team for the British Rally Championship alongside Alister McRae , driving a Subaru Legacy . He won four rounds, the Vauxhall Sport, Pirelli , Scottish, and Manx International , and became the youngest ever British Champion. He finished seventh on that year's snowy RAC Rally . In the wake of his 1993 success, Burns remained with Subaru for the 1994 and 1995 seasons, contesting the Asia Pacific Rally Championship , which included the New Zealand and Australia Rallies, and also his home WRC round. His best result was third on the 1995 RAC Rally, behind team mates Carlos Sainz and winner and world champion Colin McRae .

Come 1998, he had won his maiden World Rally Championship event on the Safari, which was known as the most challenging and difficult rally, then he added a second career victory on his swansong outing for Mitsubishi on that year's Rally GB , the event where the dramatic late retirement from fourth of Toyota 's Carlos Sainz secured the drivers' title for his team-mate and first leg super special stage retiree on a patch of oil, Tommi Makinen , as well as confirming the constructors' accolade for Mitsubishi.

Late on Friday, 25 November 2005, four years to the day after winning the World Rally Championship , Burns died in Westminster , London, [6] aged 34, after having been in a coma for some days as a result of a brain tumour . [7] He is survived by his father Alex and girlfriend Zoe Scott (née Keen). [8] A memorial service for Burns was held at St Luke's Church, Chelsea on Thursday 22 December 2005, [9] with readings from BBC TV's Jeremy Clarkson and Steve Rider , and a tribute paid by one of Burns' closest friends, photographer Colin McMaster.

Subaru paid tribute to Burns at Castle Combe in 2006, when over 50 Subaru Impreza RB5s took to the track, including the RB5 number No. 001 driven by Alex Burns, Richard's father. They also released a special edition Impreza WRX STI in 2007 – the RB320 – in memory of Burns. It features a 320  bhp (240  kW ) Prodrive Performance Pack, Prodrive developed suspension, sports spring kit and is available only in obsidian black colour. Proceeds went to the RB Foundation. [11] [12]