2001 World rally champion, Richard Burns has the 'right mental approach' to get over his illness, that's the verdict from his co-driver Robert Reid.

Reid told British newspaper The Times at the weekend that the Englishman, who was forced to miss the last round in Wales last year, and also sit out this campaign, despite signing for Subaru, is putting up a 'tremendous fight' to beat the brain tumour that he is currently receiving chemotherapy for.

Reid told the broadsheet: "The baseline is that he is very ill, but he is doing all the right things and has the right mental approach.

"He is doing everything he can and putting up a tremendous fight.

"He is really determined and if anyone deserves to come back, it is Richard."

Burns raced for Peugeot last season, before signing a two-year deal to return to Subaru this year.

Youngster Mikko Hirvonen, who crashed out at the weekend on the Rallye Monte Carlo, has taken the Englishman's place at the Banbury based team, alongside 2003 champion, Petter Solberg.

It is hoped that the Englishman will return to the series in the future.

 

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