On this day in auto history - November 25th

Wed 25th Nov 2020

It was on this day in 2005 that the world of motor sport was in mourning following the sad death of Britain’s former World Rally Champion Richard Burns from a brain tumour at just 34.

Having twice finished a runner-up in the championship, the popular Berkshire-born driver became the first Englishman to take the title in 2001 but was forced to call time on his career in 2003 after passing out at the wheel of his road car on the way to a rally in Wales.

Shortly afterwards he was diagnosed with the brain tumour which would eventually kill him.

Unfortunately, Burns’ death didn’t get the media coverage it merited due to the fact most of the news and public reaction centred on that of football legend George Best who had died on the same day.