Burns unfazed after Finland crash

Richard Burns is unfazed by the loss of his World Rally Championship lead after Marcus Gronholm won Rally Finland on Sunday. The Finn is now six points ahead of Burns after the Subaru driver crashed out of the rally on the first stage of day two

Burns unfazed after Finland crash

Burns' lead was up to 14 points over Gronholm after the Acropolis Rally back in June, but the increasing competitiveness of the Peugeot 206 WRC and three non-finishes in a row for the Englishman enabled the new championship leader to systematically close the gap. Burns, however, refuses to panic.

"It's bad luck that we've failed to finish the last three rallies in a row," said Burns, "but I don't think flapping is going to help. There's no point in trying extra hard, because that puts extra pressure on you."

Burns was the only real threat to Gronholm in Finland and was flying on the morning of day two. The 29-year-old slid off the road after the finish line of the first stage, his Prodrive-run Subaru Impreza ending up on its roof amongst the trees. Burns denied the accident was down to extra pressure as he sought to catch Gronholm.

"I don't think that's the case," he said. "It's always a possibility of course, but if you don't risk anything, you don't win."

In the quest for his first WRC crown, Burns will be playing catch-up at the next round in Cyprus, but does head to the Mediterranean event with a slight advantage. None of the drivers have any experience of the rally, but the Impreza is known to be quick on rugged and rocky stages.

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