Burns eager to bounce back from bruising Knockhill weekend

PUBLISHED: 12:16 16 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:17 16 August 2017

Will Burns (GBR) Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC

Will Burns (GBR) Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC


Will Burns suffered a bruising weekend at Knockhill in Scotland after a high-speed 100mph crash when his brakes failed.

Will Burns has been left battered and bruised after a massive 100mph incident capped off the toughest meeting of his maiden Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season so far at Knockhill.

Following one of the best moments of his racing career last time out at Snetterton when he stepped onto the BTCC podium for the first time after winning the Jack Sears Trophy, Burns would suffer one of his worst in Scotland as he encountered a high-speed brake failure.

The Weston racer headed north with a superb record of eight podium finishes in his previous 10 races at Knockhill in the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup, however there were lower hopes for this visit with the circuit historically being one of the worst for his Volkswagen CC.

The opening race saw a lack of pace and traction in his Auto Aid/RCIB Insurance Racing machine, which meant he struggled to make an impact in front of a bumper Scottish crowd, eventually taking the chequered flag in a lowly P29.

Burns’ best result would come in the second race of the day as the Cases Ltd, Eurocams and Weston College supported driver benefitted from a number of drivers in front hitting trouble to climb through the order to 20th place at the finish.

The 27-year-old rose to 16th position on the opening lap of race three, before contact from a rival sent him across the gravel. Emerging at the back of the field, Burns would pick his way up to 26th place before disaster struck.

Approaching the final hairpin, Burns had no response as he hit the brake pedal. Immediately swerving left to avoid his team-mate in front, he hit the barriers and came to an immediate and painful halt.

Fortunately, Burns was able to walk away with only minor bruising, but with the car sustaining extensive front-end damage the team are in a race against time to get it back on track for the next rounds at Rockingham in Corby next weekend.

Will said: “After a really good Snetterton weekend where I was on a massive high, this is our car’s bogey circuit and while we knew as a team we’d have a tough weekend, it’s been much harder than we anticipated and ended in the one of the worst ways imaginable for me.

“The brakes failed on the car at one of the fastest points of the circuit and ended up causing substantial damage to the car. The pain on my body will go away, but this will cause a big pain financially and is likely to put us on the back foot for the rest of the season.”

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