Burns fights to the end in SuperCup finale
PUBLISHED: 09:16 07 October 2016
Racing driver Will Burns came up agonisingly short in his battle to win the 2016 Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup championship title.
Will Burns took the 2016 Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup championship battle down to the final racing lap of the year during a nail-biting season finale at Brands Hatch GP, eventually missing out on title glory by just three points – the closest finish in SuperCup history.
A sensational third victory of the season and a hard-fought fifth place finish in the opening two races of the weekend meant the Douglas Motorsport ace had slashed the gap at the top of the standings to just seven points heading into the final race of the campaign.
In front of the live ITV4 television cameras and a huge crowd in Kent, Burns gave it everything he could with a superb performance in his Cases Ltd, MH Automation and Eurocams-backed Ginetta G55 GT4.
Burns started from fifth on the grid, with title rival Tom Wrigley starting directly behind him. A couple of decisive overtaking manoeuvres on the opening lap would move the Weston racer up to third overall.
After heaping the pressure on Jack Mitchell in front for a number of laps, Burns dramatically made his move on the final tour with a brilliant dive down the inside at the world-famous Paddock Hill Bend, though Wrigley would follow him through to cruelly deny him the title.
Will said: “I gave it 110% all weekend, and even more in that last race. I knew I had to make that move on the last lap and I made it stick, but it just wasn’t enough in the end. I’m naturally a little bit gutted, but I’m incredibly proud to have fought back from a deficit of over 90 points in the title battle.
“The Douglas Motorsport team have been fantastic and I’m so happy to have been working with them this season. My family and friends have been incredibly supportive all year, and my sponsors have been brilliant, without them I wouldn’t have had this opportunity.”
Burns’ racing year is not over however, as he has been handed the exciting opportunity to make his prototype racing debut this weekend as he shares a Ginetta G57 with fellow SuperCup racer Colin White in the four hour V de V Championship race at Magny Cours in France.
Burns: “I am really excited to get the opportunity to race a prototype for the first time next weekend. The Ginetta G57 is a fantastic machine and I’m really looking forward to racing alongside Colin White in France. This will be a brilliant experience for me and my career, and hopefully we can challenge for some silverware.”
You can watch the thrilling final race of the 2016 SuperCup season at http://www.itv.com/btcc/races