Subaru World Rally Team driver Richard Burns has become the first Englishman ever to win the FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers since the series was established in 1979.
On Nov. 25, 2001, Burns secured the win in his Impreza WRC when he finished third in the Rally of Great Britain his home event and finale of the 14-round series.
Following the earlier retirements of fellow title contenders Colin McRae, Tommi
Makinen and Carlos Sainz, Burns needed to finish at least fourth to guarantee his
world title. He brought his Impreza WRC home third, collected four championship
points and with a total of 44, beat his British rival McRae by two.
Subaru driver Richard Burns and co-driver Robert Reid celebrate in winning the 2001 World Drivers Championship.
Subaru Rally Team USA Wins 2001 SCCA ProRally Championship
Subaru Rally Team USA finished the 2001 Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) ProRally season with resounding success, winning the Manufacturers Title in four classes (Overall, Open, Group N and Production GT), the Overall Driver Title and Group N Title.
Team driver Mark Lovell locked up the Overall Driver Title Oct. 10 at the series next-to-last event, Phoenixs Prescott Forest ProRally, piloting a Prodrive/Vermont SportsCar-prepared Subaru Impreza WRX with co-drivers Michael Kidd and Steve Turvey.
The team completed the season on a high note at the Lake Superior event at Houghton, Michigan, Oct. 19, when Lovell and Kidd won the unbelievably close race despite a three-minute time penalty.
Subaru Autocrossers Earn National Championships
Autocross competitors and fans from across the country headed to Topeka, Kansas, early in September 2001 for the Tire Rack SCCA Solo II and SCCA ProSolo NationalSeries championships. The combined event, held at Forbes Field, drew more than 1,200 competitors.
Drivers of Subaru vehicles earned two national championships and numerous first-place finishes in their respective classes.
Driving Jack Burns 2001 Subaru Impreza RS, Linda Duncan (of Morrison, Colorado) captured the Street Touring S Ladies national championship at the Solo II event. In ProSolo competition, Richard West (of Richmond, Virginia) powered his 1999 Subaru Impreza RS to the Street Touring S championship.
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