January 20, 2001 Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France

Richard Burns drifting in the snow

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The 2001 WRC programme began with the Monte Carlo Rally. Although we know that Richard Burns would take the title for Subaru this year, his drive in the snow-encrusted trails of south-east France would be cut short due to a mechanical issue on day two – the Impreza was running on three cylinder.