Subaru will welcome Burns

Subaru has maintained that it will welcome Richard Burns back to drive in the World Rally Championship once the Englishman is fit again. This is according to a story in the latest issue of AUTOSPORT Magazine

Subaru will welcome Burns

Burns was due to join the Banbury-based outfit for next season but has now been ruled out of 2004 competition following his diagnosis with a brain tumour.

"Richard will always be welcome at Subaru," said team principal David Lapworth. "And we hope that he may again, when fully recovered, work with us once more.

"The team has offered to do what it can to help Richard back to health and return as one of the leading drivers in the world championship."

Subaru will need to find a replacement for next year, which begins in Monte Carlo on January 23rd, but say they aren't rushing into a decision.



"Right now people are taking in the news about Richard," said team manager Paul Howarth. "We haven't really started talking about names of who might drive for the team next year.

But Howarth did say that Subaru will be looking for a driver that can compete on all rallies, rather than rotating the drive among specialists: "I don't think the two-driver thing works. We need drivers to be competing all the time to retain that competitive edge."

Leading possibilities to replace Burns could be Colin McRae (although he says he's in temporary retirement), Markko Martin (but only if Ford don't compete next year) or Harri Rovanpera, who has been dropped by Peugeot.

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