Burns on road to success

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 22 June, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 22 June, 1994, 12:00am

WITH only two years of experience on the international rally circuit, England's Richard Burns has quickly established himself as a force to be reckoned with in race circles.

Only 23, Burns is being tipped by leading racing experts to be a future world champion.

It is easy to see why so many are hot on Burns - the native of Reading dominated the British circuit last year, winning four races to become the youngest ever British Rally champion. His success in Britain led to Subaru offering him a three-year contract.

As an up and coming young driver, Burns said he hopes to raise the relatively low profile of this action-packed sport.

''There's a lot of publicity surrounding Formula One and touring cars but not enough in this kind of sport,'' said Burns who started racing at the tender age of 11. ''This sport gets very little time on television and not enough interest from the newspapers.'' Unlike others drivers who use the rally circuit as a stepping stone to racing cars, Burns said he has found his niche in this sport and that he has no desire to move on to formula cars.

''If I wanted to go into Formula One, I would have to be there by now. But that is racing and this is rallying, it's just two different disciplines of the sport.'' The pinnacle of the sport to me is to be in the World Championships and those cars [Formula One] don't hold the same attraction for me,'' he said.