Will ready to challenge for honours

Will Burns (GBR) Academy Ginetta G55.

Will Burns (GBR) Academy Ginetta G55. - Credit: Archant

Racing driver Will Burns to getting ready to make a full-time entry into the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup.

LAST year’s Ginetta GT5 Challenge runner-up Will Burns is getting ready for the biggest season of his motorsport career to date, as he makes a full-time entry into the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup.

It has been a swift rise up the motorsport ladder for the 22-year old, who only made his car-racing debut four years ago in the Castle Combe Saloon Car Championship.

After two seasons at Castle Combe, Burns made the move into the GT5 Challenge with Academy Motorsport and followed up four podiums in his debut campaign with a superb championship challenge in 2013.

Battling with team-mate and eventual champion Oliver Basey-Fisher, as well as fellow Supercup graduates Luke Davenport and David Pittard, Burns impressed with seven wins, more than any other driver.

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Burns also made his debut in the Supercup at the end of the season in the G50 class. An eight-race stint gave him the chance to get to grips with more powerful machinery ahead of his entry this season, and unexpectedly produced a final result of third overall in the G50 class standings.

Burns will remain with Academy Motorsport for his first full Supercup campaign this year, with the team having been instrumental in his Challenge successes. The Weston-based racer feels having a team around him that he knows well will only help his transition into the championship.

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“It’s really important to have that chemistry with a team,” he explained. “I know what my mechanics ask of me and how we operate, and they know my driving style so they can adapt the car for me a lot quicker than a new team would.

“Hopefully by the end of the season, I would like to be the top rookie, and I feel that’s a realistic goal as I’m at a similar level to the other guys joining. A couple of podiums here or there would be great too.”

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