Thruxton Heartbreak Drives Burns On For Maiden Win


Will Burns says he is more motivated than ever to get a maiden victory in the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup after seeing a prospective win slip from his grasp on the final lap at Thruxton.

Burns had led the field throughout the third and final race of the weekend after a superb start saw him launch himself from third on the grid into the lead, however his moment of glory was snatched at the last by Michael Caine.

Caine, who was benefitting from slightly fresher rubber than the race leader, was able to get a good run on Burns out of the final chicane each lap and finally made the move stick as they entered Allard for the final time.

“I’m really disappointed not to have got the win, particularly as I thought I was driving a really good race considering my tyres were destroyed,” Burns reflected to TCF.

“I knew he was quick out of the last complex, but I just couldn’t get enough traction out of there and he just managed to get ahead on the last lap.”

Despite the heartbreak of seeing a first win slip from his grasp, Burns still enjoyed a hugely positive Thruxton outing with a podium hat-trick, his second place in the final race being added to third and second place finishes in the first two encounters.

With fellow championship contenders Jamie Orton and Tom Oliphant having retired from race three, Burns has now moved up to third in the championship standings, just four points off his HHC Motorsport team-mate Orton in second.

“It’s a great haul of points for the weekend though, and with a couple of people not finishing the final race it’s good for me in the championship,” he added.

“I know I’ve got the pace, and the win is definitely around the corner. I know from the first few meetings that I can race with the really experienced drivers, and that motivates me more to get the win in the next round.”