Double Brands podium sets Burns up for Ginetta title shot
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Weston racing driver Will Burns finished on the podium twice at the opening round of the Ginetta GT4 SuperCup.
WILL Burns cemented his Ginetta GT4 SuperCup title credentials last weekend with a double podium finish at the opening three rounds of the season at Brands Hatch in Kent.
The Weston driver has joined defending champion squad HHC Motorsport for his second season in the championship, alongside new team-mates Jamie Orton and former champion Carl Breeze.
Following successful testing with the team over the winter, Burns made his debut with the team around the circuit’s short Indy layout.
He said: “I had completed a fair amount of winter testing and I felt I had some great pace with both Jamie and Carl on board to target an intra-team title fight. From the testing, I was only a 10th of a second behind Carl, who has years of experience
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In damp conditions, Will set out for the opening qualifying session of the season, and was immediately topping the time sheet. Burns battled it out with his team-mates to take pole position, finishing second in a HHC Motorsport 1-2-3 for the weekend’s opening race.
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Will made a good start to Saturday’s first encounter, only dropping a single place throughout the race, and was challenging Breeze for second. But a slight error on the final lap allowed Tom Oliphant to get past to steal third at the chequered flag. Will therefore had to settle for fourth place.
“The race went perfectly for the opening 15 laps,” Burns said. “But the mistake I made, just going slightly wide on to the damp kerb on the slick tyres, slowed my progress. I was really frustrated as I could see my first podium in sight.”
In Sunday’s far dryer conditions, Will started fourth on the grid for race two. He wasn’t going to be denied his maiden podium, and battled back to rescue two places to finish third at the flag to give HHC Motorsport its first podium lock-out of the new season.
Burns reflected: “I lost two places in the opening stages of race two, but I was determined to make up for that. I had the pace and made two key overtakes as I knew that the team wanted a 1-2-3 on the podium to show their dominance.”
Will once again started fourth for the reversed grid finale, broadcast live on ITV4, ahead of both his team-mates. Breeze, well renowned for his outstanding starts, made it into second ahead of Will, but Burns was not to be denied a second podium of the weekend with another third place finish behind victor Reece Somerfield.
Will’s success last weekend, has placed him fourth in the early season points.
Will Burns will continue his Ginetta GT4 SuperCup charge at the next rounds at Donington Park in Leicestershire on April 18-19.