Scotsman David Bogie has claimed the Richard Burns Trophy on the Rallye Sunseeker: the opening round of this year's British Rally Championship.

The trophy, awarded for the first time last year, goes to the highest-placed Group N runner on the Bournemouth-based rally under the age of 25, along with a cheque for £1000.

As well winning Group N on the Rallye Sunseeker in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9, Bogie also claimed overall victory: meaning that he now leads both the British and Scottish Rally Championships, following his win on the Snowman Rally the previous weekend.

"It's a great honour for me to claim this fantastic trophy," said the 23-year-old Bogie at the finish. "Richard was an inspiring example to everyone, both as a sportsman and a driver."

Burns, co-driven by Robert Reid, finished second on the event in 1992 - when it was known as the Mazda Winter Rally - in a Group N Subaru Legacy, but went on to win the British Championship later the same year.

"The last stage is the one that stands out for me that year," said Reid. "It was very close so we were pushing as hard as we could and the grip was changing all the time. There were not that many stages where we thought afterwards that we had probably overstepped the limit a few too many times, but that was certainly one of them."

The late 2001 World Rally Champion's memory lives on through the work of the Richard Burns Foundation: a charity set up in his name to help those who suffer from brain illness or injury. The Richard Burns Foundation carries out a number of fundraising events throughout the year, including a charity dinner and auction after the Rallye Sunseeker.

Reid, one of the guests of honour, added: "David was the class of the field on this event, despite conditions that are notoriously tricky. That makes him a very worthy winner of the trophy."


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