MINI WRC Team to star at Richard Burns Memorial Rally
The fourth Richard Burns Memorial Rally is only a couple of weeks away and promises to be a great event for the whole family. This year’s rally will see Kris Meeke and Dani Sordo from the Mini World Rally Championship Team competing against teams from across the country.
The Rally was set up in 2008 as a memorial to Richard who tragically died from a brain tumour in 2005, four years to the day after becoming the first Englishman to win the World Rally Championship. In 2000, Richard had visited RAF Marham and completed a sortie in a Tornado GR4 alongside Sqn Ldr Tim Rust. In reciprocation, Richard gave members of the aircrew and other serving staff at RAF Marham stage rides in a Subaru Impreza WRC.
Over the last three years a staggering amount of just over £91,500 has been raised from the event. The money raised is split between the Richard Burns Foundation and RAF Charities including Royal Air Force Association and RAFBF. The money that is donated towards the RAF Charities directly benefits RAF Marham as the base has been lucky enough to receive grants over the last year that have funded projects such as the MUGA, Rainbow Centre kitchen and the new play park on Oak Avenue.
There will be plenty on offer for the whole family with an array of military and motor sports displays, precision driving demonstrations, rides and activities within the spectator area along with flypasts from aircraft of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. There will also be an area dedicated to a Remembering Richard exhibition, featuring previously unseen film footage of Richard’s life and times, displays of his competition cars and associated memorabilia from his motorsport career.
The image above shows the money donated via the RAFBF has been put to good use.