Richard Burns has not won a WRC event since he joined Peugeot in 2002 and some argue that the Briton has been lacklustre and intimidated by team-mate Marcus Gronholm. But Burns disagrees…

Richard Burns has not won a WRC event since he joined Peugeot in 2002 and some argue that the Briton has been lacklustre and intimidated by team-mate Marcus Gronholm. But Burns disagrees…

Despite failing to a win a rally since joining the dominant French manufacturer at the beginning of 2002, Burns has enjoyed one of his best ever starts to a season, finishing on the podium on the last four rallies.

"I am leading the championship," Burns said last week. "Of course I never expected to be finishing my 19th rally with Peugeot still not having won one, but it is worth pointing out that I could have won three times last year, if things had been slightly different.

"What I am really getting pissed off with is people saying that I am not trying," he added. "That's bull. It's not like my co-driver and I are in the car saying, 'Hmm, we're going slowly, aren't we?'

"We are not settling for second or third place. We are going to every rally to win it. I'm not leading the championship because other drivers have been unlucky - I'm leading because I've banged in the results."

At the Argentinean Rally, Gronholm was quoted as saying he had yet to see Burns perform to his potential this season.

However, the reigning world champion has since said that he was misquoted: "Sometimes Richard gets upset when I say some stupid things. That's not so nice. The time in Argentina was not what I meant to say. I was saying it more against the journalist who asked the question.

"Things like this haven't helped and I can understand Richard being upset. Last year there were some difficult times between Richard and I, but that is history now," Gronholm added.

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