Burns breaks into BTCC top 20 at Thruxton

PUBLISHED: 09:29 12 May 2017

Will Burns.

Will Burns.

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Weston driver Will Burns secured his best result of the year so far, with a 19th finish at Thruxton.

Will Burns moved a step closer to breaking into the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship points positions after securing his best result of the season so far with a hard-fought 19th place finish at Thruxton.

Following a productive test at the fastest circuit in the UK late last month, Burns returned to the Hampshire venue confident of working his way up the grid at a track he had secured a Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup podium hat-trick during his last race visit in 2015.

Saturday would prove to be a difficult day for Burns in his Auto Aid/RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC however, as issues with grip and the balance of the car left him without the confidence to fully commit around the high-speed sections of the 2.36 mile circuit.

The Weston driver would improve his lap times throughout the day, however a best effort of 1.17.571 in qualifying would unfortunately only secure him 30th on the grid, leaving him with a mountain to climb come race day.

A measured approach to the opening two races of the day would produce positive results though, with Burns staying out of trouble during the typically frenetic action to make forward progress in both encounters in front of the live ITV4 cameras.

After finishing P26 in the opening race, Burns climbed to 19th in a second encounter that was shortened by two red flag stoppages, though unfortunately he would not be able to replicate that result in a bruising final outing, coming home in 23rd position.

Alongside his breakthrough top 20 finish overall, Burns’ three race finishes also helped secure him a great haul of points in the Jack Sears Trophy for rookie drivers, with a hat-trick of top three class finishes moving him just 11 points shy of second in the standings.

The 26-year-old is looking forward to getting back on track for the fourth meeting of the season at Oulton Park in Cheshire on May 20-21.

Will said: “There has been a mixture of ups and downs this weekend, but I have just kept focused on the job at hand. Saturday was a difficult day and that was capped off by a really disappointing qualifying session in P30, but I was pleased to be able to bounce back and move forwards in the races.”

Picture: BTCC Media/Jakob Ebrey Photography.

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