Richard Burns drove his Subaru-Pirelli to the 2001
World Rally Drivers’ Championship after finishing 3rd on the Rally
GB that finished in Cardiff this afternoon. It is the 30-year old
Englishman’s first World Crown while it marks the 18th
World Crown for Pirelli
, five of which have come from its
technical partnership with Subaru, started in 1994.

Three Pirelli drivers – including Ford-Pirelli’s Colin
McRae
and Carlos Sainz – began this final round of the
World Championship with a chance of the Title. McRae crashed
out of the event while leading and Sainz was withdrawn from
fourth place, handing the Manufacturers’ Championship to
Peugeot. With Tommi Makinen (the only other possible
champion) retiring on the opening day, Burns has been able to
cruise to the title and he has not been called upon to show just
how fast he can drive in the slippery Welsh forests.

Pirelli Motorsport Director, Paul Hembery, said
today: ‘Naturally we are delighted to have helped Richard become
the first English World Rally Champion on his home event.
The fact that Pirelli started this rally with three possible
World Champions underlines the consistent performance
of the PZero tire range this season on all surfaces and in
all conditions.’

Attention now turns to the 2002 WRC season that starts in
less than eight weeks’ time with testing getting underway for both
Monte Carlo and Sweden immediately after this event.
Subaru-Pirelli’s line-up for the season will include
new-signing 4 times world champion Tommi Makinen along with
Petter Solberg, while Markko Martin moves from
Subaru to the Ford-Pirelli team to join Colin
McRae
and Sainz.

Sunday November 25

Rally Great Britain – Final positions
1
1. Gronholm/Rautiainen
Peugeot 206
WRC*
3h23m44.8
2. Rovanpera/Pietilainen
Peugeot 206
WRC*
+2m27.1
3 Burns/Reid
Subaru Impreza
WRC 2001*
+3m15.4
4 McRae/Senior
Hyundai Accent
WRC*
+6m48.8
5 Schwarz/Hiemer
Skoda Octavia
WRC*
+7m31.3
6 Eriksson/Parmander
Hyundai Accent
WRC*
+8m11.0
7 Auriol/Giraudet
Peugeot 206
WRC
+8m21.1
8 Thiry/Prevot
Skoda Octavia
WRC*
+10m55.6
9 De Mevius/Boyere
Peugeot 206
WRC
+14m17.7
10 Arai/Sircombe
Subaru Impreza
WRC2001
+15m06.4
* Eligible for WRC manufacturers’
points

WRC Manufacturers: 1.Peugeot p.106; 2. Ford 86; 3.
Mitsubishi 69; 4. Subaru 66; 5. Skoda 17; 6. Hyundai
17.

WRC Drivers: 1. Burns 44; 2. McRae 42; 3.
Makinen 41; 4. Gronholm 36; 5. Rovanpera 36; 6. Sainz
33
.


The 18 Rally World Crowns For Pirelli

Drivers
Manufacturers
1980 Rhrl
1974 Lancia
1981 Vatanen
1975 Lancia
1987 Kankkunen
1976 Lancia
1990 Sainz
1977 Fiat
1992 Sainz
1978 Fiat
1995 C. McRae
1980 Fiat
2001 Burns
1983 Lancia
1983 Lancia
1987 Lancia
1995 Subaru
1995 Subaru
1996 Subaru

The 2 Fia Drivers’ Cups

1977Sandro MunariLancia Stratos

1978Markku AlenFiat 131 Abarth

The Group A World Title

1986Kenneth Eriksson;Volkswagen Golf GTI
16v

The 9 Group N Titles
1987
Alessandro Fiorio
Lancia Delta HF 4WD
1992
Gregoire de Mevius
Nissan Sunny GTi-R
1995
Rui Madeira
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo
1996
Gustavo Trelles
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo
1997
Gustavo Trelles
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo
1998
Gustavo Trelles
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo
1999
Gustavo Trelles
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo
2000
Manfred Stohl
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo
2001
Gabriel Pozzo
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo

Cardiff, November 25, 2001