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Martin and Reid win Richard Burns Memorial Rally.

Markko Martin and Robert Reid took the victory in the inaugural Richard Burns Memorial Rally at RAF Marham at the weekend.

The duo won the charity event in memory of their friend and former World champion Burns by a margin of over six minutes in the works Subaru Impreza WRC2008, showing superb pace on the tarmac stages over Saturday and Sunday.

"It was a fantastic event for a great cause and I thoroughly enjoyed it," said Reid. "It was really good to do a rally with Markko, which I have never done before. I haven't even been in a rally car for five years!

"I was surprised at how much at home I felt. Markko was fantastic and the Subaru Impreza was really good too. Although there is still probably some development to be done to perfect it, it certainly behaves itself and was nicely balanced.

"I have to thank Markko for persuading me to do it and Subaru WRT for their support. It's been great to be out there with all the other competitors, many of whom don't ever get the chance to get near a works WRC car. It was the people who really made the weekend, from all the organisers to the marshals, competitors and spectators."

Martin and Reid were joined on the podium by Tom Morris and Ken Bills in a MG Metro 6R4 and Dick Maugher and Steve McNulty in a Ford Focus WRC.

In total a field of over 100 rally cars took part in the memorial event at the Norfolk air base, watched by thousands of fans who came to pay tribute to England's first and only World Rally champion.

As well as enjoying the action on the stages competitors, marshals and fans celebrated together at a rally party on Saturday evening, which included a charity auction of signed memorabilia that raised over £1500.

It is expected the event - which was sponsored by Subaru UK and Hylton Gott Subaru and organised by the Kings Lynn & District Motor Club (KLDMC) - will have raised a significant five-figure sum overall for the Richard Burns Foundation and the RAF Benevolent Fund.

"It was an awesome event for me, from the people to the cars to the atmosphere and generosity," summed-up event founder and RAF engineer Chris Daykin. "We hope everyone enjoyed it and the event will go from strength to strength because it's for a fantastic cause."


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Markko Martin and Robert Reid took the victory in the inaugural Richard Burns Memorial Rally. September 2008. [Pic credit: RBF]
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