Pirelli supports Richard Burns Foundation
The Pirelli International Rally has been renamed as the Pirelli Richard Burns Foundation Rally in support of the former world rally champion, with the event remaining the second round of this year's MSA British Rally Championship.
The Richard Burns Foundation is a charity that was set up to remember the life of Richard Burns who died in 2005 after developing a virulent form of Brain Tumour aged just 34. The Richard Burns foundation was set up by some of his closest friend and colleagues as a lasting tribute to his memory.
Pirelli has exclusively supplied the British Rally Championship with tyres since 2007. The newly-renamed Pirelli Richard Burns Foundation Rally started out as a local club event before becoming a round of the British Rally Championship.
Pirelli Motorsport director, Paul Hembery, commented: “The Richard Burns Foundation is currently focusing on raising funds to provide a ‘Brain Bus’ which will open up to a wider audience the issues and treatment needs for brain and spinal disorder. We are delighted to lend our support to this fantastic cause and hope that our support of the Richard Burns Foundation will enable Richard’s name to continue to be visible in the world of rallying. We feel it is a fitting tribute to England’s only world rally champion.”
This year’s Pirelli Richard Burns Foundation Rally takes place on 4-5 May.