Will breaks lap record at Snetterton three times
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Ginetta GT4 Supercup race driver Will Burns broke the lap record at Snetterton on three successive laps.
MULTIPLE Ginetta GT4 Supercup race winner Will Burns embarked on the second half of this season at Snetterton in Norfolk, and set searing pace to set new lap records, but was once again let down by his continuing streak of bad luck.
Burns began on the front foot. He qualified his HHC Motorsport-run racer on the front row of the grid for Saturday’s opening race. Having been passed by his consistently quick-starting team-mate Carl Breeze when the lights went out, he put on a determined fight to win the place back throughout the course of the race.
But his bad luck cruelly struck again as both drivers, heading comfortably for podium finishes, suddenly tangled. Breeze’s car cut out with a loss of power, and with Burns closely behind, he had nowhere to go. He collided with the rear of Breeze, which led to retirement.
It was a case of forging a determined fightback in race two. Following his opening race retirement, Burns was forced to start from the back row, but made a blinding start.
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An amateur class racer forced him on to the grass, leaving him at the back of the pack again. But his race-winning pace was again demonstrated when he scythed through the pack, overtaking eight drivers on his way to finish in eighth place.
His amazing pace wasn’t just impressive to the eye. During his recovery, he broke the GT4 Supercup lap record at the Snetterton 300 circuit on an impressive three successive laps.
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Burns made another scintillating start to Sunday’s final race, which was aired live on ITV4. From eighth place, he made his way up to third place by the end of the opening lap.
But on worn tyres he dropped a place and his attempts at grabbing the final podium spot resulted in him making contact with a close rival who spun. He was later handed a time penalty which dropped him down to ninth.
Will said: “Having tested at Snetterton ahead of the weekend and ended up faster than my team-mates, I felt confident heading into the weekend to gain some good results and pick up points over my championship rival.
“ I have great pace, but my luck just isn’t in at the moment. I will be quick to forget Snetterton with the focus on getting back to form at Knockhill with podium finishes. That’s where I belong.”
Burns is already preparing to demonstrate that race-winning pace at the next rounds of the Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup at Knockhill in Scotland on August 22-23.