View Full Version : O.T Richard Burns RIP

11-26-2005, 03:34 AM
Only 34 years old....... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/cry.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/cry.gif This one comes close to home for me...My best friend from home who I grew up with from the age of about 2 died just over a year ago from Skin Cancer and was one of the mechanics on the Burns team... It is believed he contracted the cancer due to travelling the world being exposed to the sun in a lot of countries whilst being fair skinned......... He was only 40 when he went too http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/cry.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/cry.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/cry.gif

Former world rally champion Burns dies


LONDON (Reuters) - Former world rally champion Richard Burns has died after a long illness, a statement issued on behalf of his family said on Saturday.
The Briton, who was 34, died on Friday evening of a brain tumour with his partner, family and close friends at his bedside. He had been in a coma for some days.
Burns, who in 2001 with Subaru became the only English driver to win the world championship, was diagnosed with the tumour while with Peugeot in 2003 after blacking out at the wheel on his way to the British Rally in Wales.
He had been due to return to Subaru in 2004 but the illness forced him to withdraw from that season.
Burns, overall runner-up in 1999 and 2000 and winner of 10 rounds of the world rally championship, had a course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy last year and in April this year underwent brain surgery.
"From the outset, Richard knew that the odds were heavily against him and yet he fought his illness with bravery and good humour," said the statement.
"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," the statement added.
"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.
He died on the fourth anniversary of his championship win.

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11-26-2005, 04:37 AM
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such a shame..

11-26-2005, 04:58 AM
Sad News! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

11-26-2005, 05:28 AM

Very young too.

11-26-2005, 05:32 AM
cancer the killer - to get it in your 30's is commen now , not rare

Burns was super fast

during his career he had some awesome crashes

he completely wasted a $500,000 Subaru here in New Zealand one year , was so lucky in that crash - he was flying

11-26-2005, 05:55 AM
WTF BURNS IS DEAD?! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif


Ride your way to heaven,speedy!RIP http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

11-26-2005, 06:02 AM
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Hot Space

11-26-2005, 06:46 AM
Salute to an outstanding motorist.

In Memoriam


11-26-2005, 08:06 AM

sorry for your loss.

11-26-2005, 08:52 AM
RIP to a true professional.

A few years younger than me, he was foremost of a crop of new drivers coming through at the same time, when I was young and idealistic, who made me realise that I€d never make it to the upper echelons of the sport. I competed on some of the same club events, serviced next to him on one of his first RACs, watched his early career with interest from the side of forest tracks and the back of the field.

He learnt to drive rally cars before he could legally drive €" passed his test on his 17th birthday (iirc) and was competing at club level the following weekend. Although he didn€t have the natural talent and mercurial brilliance of McRae, one always knew he would €˜make it€ €" nothing was more certain. In rallying there€s an axiom €" some drivers start fast, crash a lot and learn to be safer slowly, other drivers start slower and safer and learn to get quicker. Burns was in the latter category €" I don€t remember him ever totalling a car or even crashing early on in his career. His achievement in become world rally champion was all the greater for that.

He brought a new commitment and professionalism to the sport €"in terms of driving - in this country. Everything was dedicated to his rise to the top, fitness, non-drinking, non-smoking, a thorough grounding in the public relations needed to get sponsors - alien concepts to us more amateur competitors with dreams of success. If there are any youngsters reading this, he€s a model for what you can achieve with will power if you keep your eye on the ball.

Although I gave up the sport and stopped following it a long while ago, (it seems), it€s still a shock and he€s sadly missed.

11-26-2005, 10:31 AM
unbelievable, i think ill go play his playstation game.

RIP http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/cry.gif

11-26-2005, 01:14 PM
whats with all the deaths recently http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

11-26-2005, 01:20 PM
Thats a shock, I dont follow rally driving very closely but I had wondered where he had got to http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

11-26-2005, 01:30 PM
Just saw on TV http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif.

11-26-2005, 01:43 PM
Its a shame.. great driver.

11-26-2005, 04:08 PM
RIP, you'll be sorely missed

11-27-2005, 06:26 PM
I was fortunate to see Burns at full boogy in the WRC.
He was a talented driver and a likeable person.
Gonna miss him. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif
I just quickly Googled this:

11-29-2005, 06:49 AM
I really am shocked, i wondered where he had got to, so young, a real shame, he was at his peak before this illness got him, RIP.

11-29-2005, 10:18 AM
Originally posted by carguy_:
WTF BURNS IS DEAD?! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif


Ride your way to heaven,speedy!RIP http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/351.gif Jeez I didnt know either - only found out reading this http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/1072.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif