The Pirelli International Rally, the second round of this year's MSA British Rally Championship, has been renamed the 'Pirelli Richard Burns Foundation Rally' in support of the former world rally champion, it has been announced today.

The Richard Burns Foundation is a charity that was set up to remember the life of the Englishman, who tragically lost his life in 2005 following an astrocytoma: a virulent form of brain tumour.

After his death, which occurred when Burns was aged just 34, the Richard Burns Foundation was set up by some of his closest friends and colleagues as a lasting tribute to his memory. To this end, it aims to help people who are affected by serious illness or injury.

"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," explained Pirelli motorsport director, Paul Hembery.

"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 will take place on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May.



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