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Q&A: Robert Reid - EXCLUSIVE.

by Rob Wilkins


Robert Reid was at the Wales Rally GB last weekend and Crash.net Radio caught up with Reid to discuss how things are going with the Richard Burns Foundation and to get the latest on the MSA British Rally Elite programme and the MSA British Rally Academy...


Q:
Robert, can you update us on how things are going with the Richard Burns Foundation?

Robert Reid:
It has been going really well. We launched it at Goodwood in the middle of the year and really this weekend has been the next main focus for us. We are just trying to build it up and get to the point where we can actually get someone employed and get someone to move it forward.

Q:
We spoke at the Rallyday, just after the RBF was launched at Goodwood. Do you know just how much money has been raised roughly so far?

RR:
At Goodwood we raised about £60,000 and we have probably got another £10,000 or £20,000 since then. This weekend we hoped to raise a similar amount and we have had some girls walking around the service area just trying to raise awareness. We were the beneficiary from the MPH Show in the Millennium stadium in Cardiff last night as well [where the Cardiff Super Special took place]. Then on Sunday night we are raffling off a limited edition Subaru Impreza road car at the Autosport awards in London. So, there are lots of different projects going on and we are just trying to raise the awareness even more and keep the profile as high as we can.

Q:
Do you think there is a danger that it might start to drop off in the next year? Can you keep that momentum going?

RR:
You have always got to be confident about it and understand it doesn't happen by itself. You have got to work at it. We have had a lot of interesting meetings over this weekend, the people that are driving it forward, myself and David Lapworth are very keen to see it not just continue but grow. We are just trying to look at ways then that we can achieve those objectives.

Q:
How are you going to do that? Can you reveal anything?

RR:
We have lots of plans, but there is not anything I can really discuss at the moment. It is just a case of trying to move things forward and move the discussions on and then see where we go in the future.

Q:
Switching to the other area you are involved with - namely the MSA British Rally Elite and Academy programmes. How is that all going?

RR:
Again it is all going very well. We are approaching the end of our first full year. It has been going 18 months now and for me it is fantastic to see on this event, young James Wozencroft currently lying third in the JWRC classification [he eventually finished sixth in the JWRC after problems in the final stage - ed]. We have worked hard with James over the last year and the whole idea of the scheme is to enable these guys to take opportunities or take full advantage of any opportunities when they come along. James' performance this weekend has highlighted what we are trying to do.

Q:
Obviously he is a wildcard entry on this event in the JWRC by the MSA. It is a good chance for him to try and impress isn't it?

RR:


Related Pictures

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(L-R) Robert Reid, Chris Atkinson (AUS), Paul Howarth, Glenn McNeall. Subaru WRT Impreza WRC. Wales Rally GB, 1st-3rd December 2006.
Richard Burns Foundation
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