Career high triple podium for Will Burns at Thruxton
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Racing driver Will Burns picked up a career-high triple podium finish at Thruxton in Hampshire.
WILL Burns continued his challenge for this season’s Ginetta GT4 SuperCup title with a career-high triple podium at Thruxton in Hampshire.
The Weston racer headed into the weekend fresh from podiums last time out at Donington Park. But visiting the fastest circuit on the calendar is a completely different challenge, and Burns was optimistic of his chances.
With the pre-event test day having already taken place, it meant Burns and the rest of the field’s first time on track was in the all-important qualifying session, which saw Will fourth on the grid, though a post-session penalty for a rival in front promoted him to a third-place start.
The Weston driver went on to maintain his third place start throughout the opening 12-lap race, with some strong pace at the end of the race seeing him close to within 0.7 seconds of second place.
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Starting third on the grid for race two, Burns, with two new tyres on his car, made a good start and managed to pass team-mate Jamie Orton and maintain the same pace as leader Carl Breeze to the chequered flag for his second podium finish of the weekend.
Sunday’s final race of the weekend, live on ITV4, was Burns’ best of the season. Making the best start of his year so far, he leapfrogged his rivals from the second row of the grid to take the race lead.
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A safety car prevented Will taking advantage of the scrap between his rivals behind. When the race resumed, Will was passed on the final lap and had to settle for second place.
“Wow, what a weekend,” enthused Will. “I headed to Thruxton relatively realistic, hoping for some top five finishes to keep me well and truly in the title race. But it’s turned out to be my best weekend of my GT4 SuperCup career.
“This was the best weekend I’ve had. I know that I can win a race, it fills me with confidence that I can fight with the title contenders. I’m only four points behind Jamie in second in the standings, and I’m ready to take my first win at the next round at Oulton Park on June 6-7.
“I’d finally like to thank my new sponsor, Eurocams Ltd, for coming on-board and for their partnership for the remainder of the season. I’m looking forward to a successful season with them.”