Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A Sideways Blast Through the Snow

This video of Richard Burns in his WRC championship year (2001) is a perfect display of why I love watching rally. Unrelenting pace notes and a barely visible racing line require a level of commitment and trust from a driver rarely seen in motorsports these days, maybe except for this guy:

Following two years of playing second fiddle in the championship, even Colin McRae couldn't respond to Richard's consistency during the second half of the season. I don't know how much I'd trust my braking zones if co-driver Robert Reid kept telling me "maybe left 20", but it worked for Richard, who became the first British WRC champion that year.