Burns crashes in Oz test

Peugeot's Richard Burns has extensively damaged Gilles Panizzi's car during testing today near Dwellingup in Western Australia's South West

Burns crashes in Oz test

A Telstra Rally Australia Senior Official confirmed that the accident happened approximately 2.30pm on Thursday at Marrinup. It is reported that Burns was travelling at high speeds along a twisty section road when he went up the side of an embankment and hit a tree head on. Neither Richard Burns nor his co-driver Robert Reid was hurt in the accident. Peugeot's team doctor was on site and declared both to be fine, albeit a little bruised.

"I'm a little sore, but nothing to worry about," said Reid. "These things happen, especially in a place where the trees are very close to the road."

The car however, is not in such good shape. Peugeot has cancelled the next two days of testing in order for the mechanics to work on the car to get it ready for Gilles Panizzi to drive in this year's Telstra Rally Australia which starts at the Inmarsat Super Stage at Langley Park on 31 October 2002.

Burns and Reid will be taking the next couple of days off where they will enjoy Margaret River's and Perth's attractions alike.

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