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    Icon9 [ R.I.P.] Richard Burns died yesterday...

    Hi,


    It's a terribly sad news I bring to you, unfortuneately...


    After Michael Park, England, and WRC in general, lost another great figure...

    Famous WRC driver Richard Burns(who drove for Peugeot in 2002/2003)lost his fight for life against that damned disease called CANCER, and died at hospital yesterday, friday 25th november...


    R.I.P. Richard
    My sincere condolences to your family and friend...



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    R.I.P.

    A very sad year for Peugeot and the WRC community. Condolences to his family and close friends.



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    it's been a sad year for rallying this year, not to mention Peugeot

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    I hadn't even heard he was ill.
    Not a good year at all for the 'French Lion'. He will be greatly missed by all in and out of rallying.
    RIP....

    My condolences as well to all who knew him.
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    Cards or messages can be sent to either Ecurie Albion, Wheelwright's Cottage, Shilton, Burford, OX18 4AA or www.richard-burns.co.uk/memorials.

    He was 34.

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    Far too young to die.

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    R.I.P Burns,

    I never new the cancer was that serious,that is such a loss of a true talented star.

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    It has not been a good year for rallying

    My condolences and RIP
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    He was mentioned last week in the other thread, I knew he wasn't well but I didn't think it was this bad.

    A very sad day for the motorsport world.

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    Very sad, RIP mate

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    RIP Richard - The good always go too young.

    This has been a very sad year for rallying
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    Very sad news...

    I remember the year Richard was leading the WRC only not to compete in the Rally GB because of the onset of his battle with the tumur

    RIP

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    Former world rally champion dies
    From correspondents in London
    November 27, 2005

    FORMER world rally champion Richard Burns has died after failing to recover from a brain tumour. He was aged 34.

    The only Englishman to win the prestigious driving title, in 2001, he underwent brain surgery to remove a tumour in April, but died on Friday with his close family and friends at his bedside.

    His last race was in 2003 while leading the world championship. He was forced to stop racing after fainting at the wheel of his car while travelling to the Wales Rally GB.

    "From the outset Richard knew that the odds were heavily against him and yet he fought his illness with bravery and good humour," the statement said.

    "Having undergone both chemotherapy and radiotherapy he was able to leave hospital in summer 2004.

    "For a while his health showed signs of improvement but then after six months it once again began to decline.

    "Determined not to give up, he opted for surgery earlier this year. This alleviated some of the symptoms of his illness and enabled him to remain active.

    "At Castle Combe in August he attended a parade of the rally cars that he drove throughout his career and was touched by the warmth of the reception he received.

    "However there was to be no miracle and in recent days he lapsed into a coma.


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    Peugeot director Jean-Pierre Nicolas, who welcomed Burns to the squad when he left Subaru at the end of the 2001 season, was one of the first to pay tribute.

    "It's really saddening to see such a likeable and strong young man die so young. He had everything going for him," Nicolas told AFP.

    "He was the world champion in 2001 and after his move to Peugeot he complemented Marcus Gronholm and thus contributed a lot to our world title in 2002.

    "He was a remarkable finisher. He read the race really well which allowed him to pick up points."

    Nicolas added: "Given the circumstances it will be a liberation for him. You rarely beat this kind of illness."

    The Reading-born driver made his breakthrough when he became the youngest-ever winner of the British rally championship in 1993 when he was with Subaru.

    He then competed in the Asia-Pacific Championships before entering the world championship on a full-time basis for the first time in 1998 partnering Finland's Tommi Makinen for Mitsubishi.

    He moved back to Subaru the following year and after racking up wins in Greece, Australia and Britain, he placed second in the world championship standings.

    He had to settle for second again the following year, but he finally grabbed the supreme title in his sport in 2001 when he beat off a strong challenge from arch-rival Colin McRae of Scotland to clinch a thrilling victory by finishing third in the closing Rally of Great Britain.

    His former sparring partner led the tributes, saying: "Richard was a friend and at the same time a very fierce rival. We had many great battles together, notably the 2001 Wales Rally GB when he took the world rally championship.

    "I have seen Richard on a number of occasions during the past two years and the greatest battle he has put up was against his illness.

    "Richard was a true character in the world of rallying and will be sadly missed as a competitor and as a friend to many people.

    "My thoughts at the moment are with Richard, Zoe (his wife), his family and all the close friends that have supported him during the last two years."

    Burns' former Subaru team boss David Richards, now in charge of the championship, added his praise.

    He told BBC News: "Richard was extremely well respected in the sport and loved by many, many fans around the world.

    "We talk about him in this country as an English world champion, and the only English world champion for that matter, but he had fans all around the world.

    "The world championship goes to the far reaches - New Zealand, South America - and everywhere I'm sure they are mourning his death today.

    "He was just an extremely professional character, he set about things in a very methodical way, not quite the flamboyance of Colin McRae but equally professional. Supported by Robert Reid his co-driver, they were a great team.

    "He was very involved with the team, he more so than anyone mucked in with everyone and got on with the team."

    Burns switched again after his world title, moving to Peugeot, but failed to win a race all season in 2002 although he still managed to finish overall second.

    In all he raced in 105 world championship rallies, winning 10.
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    very sad news, R I P , Richard Burns.....

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    Very sad news. I hadn't heard how he was going for quite a while. Another great has left this world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kermit
    Very sad news. I hadn't heard how he was going for quite a while. Another great has left this world.
    There was talk at Rally Oz he wasn't doing so well. Grab life while you have it ... he certainly did.

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    34..... .........these horrible premature deaths from in-curable disease certainly wake the 'wow, my life is OK, even if I can't see it all the time' from the depths of our sub-concious thought, don't they.
    At the very least he would have enjoyed his short time here.
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    RIP King Richard,

    I was an instant fan when he burst onto the WRC scene with Mitsubishi, and rapted when he signed with Peugeot.

    A great career cut short, but most importantly, a life cut short by a terrible disease.

    Thanks for the memories...
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    RIP

    Is a Great Loss and only 34 Years Old

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    Heres a Richard Burns Tribute Video i found on another Forum.

    http://www.cosworth.soldigit.net/fil...Tribute_PT.wmv

    Cheers chips.

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