BRDC special awards: McRae and Burns

The British Racing Drivers Club has given special awards to WRC aces Colin McRae and Richard Burns, with the pair thus becoming the first-ever rally drivers to be inducted into the organisation

BRDC special awards: McRae and Burns

McRae and Burns have been given the recognition for their exploits on the World Rally Championship, which both have won. The exploits of the two drivers have helped raise the profile of rallying in Britain, and both are now amongst the country's most famous sportsmen.

New Citroen driver McRae won the world title for Subaru back in 1995, and has won more WRC events than any other driver in history. Peugeot driver Burns claimed the title in 2001, when he drove for Subaru.

The BRDC, which owns Silverstone, has never previously inducted anyone other than circuit racers into its organisation, making the special award even more prestigious.

The Duke of Kent presented the two stars with their awards. McRae said: "To have an award like this at the end of a season adds a great bit of icing to the cake."

Burns added: "It's good to see that Rallying is getting some recognition. Obviously Formula 1 has huge audiences, but we like to think that Rallying is getting its own pretty hardcore following.

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