BURNS IN WAR OF
WORDS WITH MCRAE
Copyright 2001 www.tombraiderchronicles.com
[ November 17th 2001 ]
Burns has hit back in his war of words with Colin
McRae by claiming his British rival is the Lara
Croft of world rallying. Burns who will battle
it out with the Scot for World Championship glory
in the Network Q Rally said many people believed
McRae was a character in a Play Station game.
has had his game out for a few years now and there
are people who think he is like Lara Croft, they
don't know he is a real person," said Burns. "They
have done market research on it."
joke at his title rival's expense is his response
to McRae's latest jibe that Burns would be too
big-headed to fit his head into a normal car should
he snatch the drivers' crown. McRae admits he
enjoys winding his fellow Brit up, the mind games
taking the form of boozy late night phone calls
or wearing a T-shirt on this year's Safari Rally
depicting Burns wiping his shoes.
insists the duo are on friendly terms and believes
the psychological ploys prove the Ford Focus driver
fears the challenge his rally rival will pose.
"Colin and I get on reasonably well. It's cool
between us, but every now and again some snidey
comment comes out and I do wonder why that is,"
on holiday this summer, he was with his family
and I was with some mates and we just met up but
a week later he went to the Safari Rally and he
came out with a derogatory T-shirt he had made
himself about me. What was the point of that.
And it's having a very good psychological effect
because he hasn't beaten me since. It's good schoolground
banter isn't it? It's not psychological warfare.
Colin has sort of created this thing about him
being this great sports psychologist, about being
able to outwit the opposition. It involves cartoons
and calling me names so far so I'm not sure about
how deep it goes. If Colin wants to call me names,
he can call me names. If he wants to stick his
head in the door before a stage, he can stick
his head in the door.
I genuinely believe he'd be a lot better off concentrating
on his job without worrying about me. I find it
nice because I am providing more of a distraction
for him than he is for me. He doesn't get to me,
but it confuses me because he is not like a nasty
guy. Colin tries to wind me up. When Colin is
winning he is very good at putting other people
down. And Colin when he is losing doesn't do it
very well. You only try and put people down if
you think they can beat you so in a way it is
could say he feels threatened because we are the
people most likely to damage his chances of the
championship or we are British and he doesn't
want us to be better or whatever."