2001 World Rally champion Richard Burns has been discharged from hospital, as he continues his battle against cancer, according to his co-driver, Robert Reid, while he still has 'a fair way to go', he is 'making progress'.

Speaking to BBC Sport Online Reid added that it has been a 'big shock' seeing the Englishman so ill.

Burns was forced to miss the Wales Rally GB last year, after collapsing at the wheel of his car en-route to the event. He was later diagnosed with an astrocytoma - a form of brain tumour - which meant he has been forced to sit out the current season, where he was due to drive alongside current world champion, Petter Solberg at Subaru.

"Richard has improved to the point where he's at home," commented Reid.

"At the beginning of January, he'd lost a hell of a lot of weight.

"He couldn't get out of bed for a while.

"I think the feeling of the people close to him at the moment is we are making progress, but that we've still got a fair way to go."

"It's been a big shock," added Reid. "I've seen him very, very ill.

"But there have been a lot of great moments, things that feel almost as good as winning a world championship rally, but they're very small, very personal things, just to see somebody making an improvement."