McRae will make Burns work for it

Colin McRae has vowed not to do any favours for world title challenger Richard Burns on Rally Great Britain this weekend

McRae will make Burns work for it

McRae is Britain's first and thus far only world rally champion, and although he has no chance of repeating his 1995 success this year, Colin is determined to end this year with a win.

"Why should I give Richard the limelight?" asked McRae. "I am still recognised as the number 1 in the UK and that is the way I want to keep it. Richard will have to do this himself. I was the first British world rally champion and I like that status. I get on well socially with Richard but I am not doing him any favours."

Burns took over McRae's role as Subaru team leader when the Scot moved to Ford, and has won Rally GB for the past two seasons. Last year he comprehensively outpaced McRae, who then crashed into a log pile while giving chase.

"I want to finish on a high note after the disappointments we have had this season," added McRae. "The only way to do that is to win this rally."

Although Burns will get no favours from McRae, he could also suffer from some Finnish co-operation in the shape of Tommi Makinen, who Richard thinks could slow to help Marcus Gronholm win the title.

"I would imagine Tommi would finish sixth rather than fifth to help a fellow Finn win the championship," said Burns. "I doubt if Colin would give up a victory to help me become world champion...I think any suggestion to that effect would go in his deaf ear!"

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