Burns still upbeat on title chances

Richard Burns quickly put the disappointment of retiring from San Remo behind him and promised to win both remaining rounds of this season's World Rally Championship

Burns still upbeat on title chances

"I'm confident about my chances in Australia and Britain," he said. "I've won them both before and I'll win them both this year as well. One good thing about this retirement is that I won't be first on the road in Australia and that could be a big advantage."

On last night's standings, Burns would have picked up enough points to pass series leader Marcus Gronholm and retake the championship lead going into the event where the loose gravel surface plays havoc with the seeding. Now it seems more likely that Burns will fall to third in the title race and gain from cleaner roads in Western Australia.

Burns retired from third place with engine damage after hitting what may have been a milestone in the second half of SS10. "I thought that we could get the car back to service, but I had to do the last 40kms of the road section with no water and with the temperature close to 160 degrees C. I guess the head gasket has gone.

"The best thing now would be if Panizzi and Delecour can stay where they are, so that my main rivals won't get so many points," concluded the Englishman.

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