Burns Eyes Championship Top Three In 2016 Supercup


Will Burns says he has “got to be pushing for the top three in the championship” this year as he prepares to embarks on his third season in the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup.

Burns established himself as a regular podium finisher in the championship last season, picking up eleven top three results en-route to fifth overall in the final points standings.

It’s been all change over the winter for Burns though following HHC Motorsport’s decision to leave the series, with the 25 year old moving across to the Douglas Motorsport outfit.

Burns says the new partnership has been working well in pre-season testing and feels he’s benefiting from being the lead Pro driver in the team this year.

“It’s been great working with Douglas,” said Burns. “It was a bit of shock when HHC told me they were leaving the series, but we nearly went with Douglas at the start of 2015, so it was an easy choice to come to them.

“It was difficult at points last season having two really quick team-mates, trying to keep up with them and not trip over each other, so this season I’m really trying to focus on myself and what I’m doing – though we have Carl Boardley working with us to share data with, which will help.

Burns Finished Second Fastest In The Media Day Test At Brands Hatch - Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography
Burns Finished Second Fastest In The Media Day Test At Brands Hatch – Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

“I’ve been working really well together with the team over the pre-season as we get to grips with the new car. The changes that have been made by Ginetta mean the car isn’t as good handling wise as last year, but we’ve been working to get the best set-up we can with it.”

While apprehensive of setting his sights too high ahead of the 2016 campaign, Burns is adamant that he must progress forwards in the championship standings.

To do so, he’s focusing on improving the consistency of his podium finishes, whilst also being determined to get a maiden Supercup race win under his belt.

“In my third year in the championship, I’ve really got to be pushing for the top three in the championship,” he concluded.

“I’m hoping to sort out my consistency more than anything this season, so I’m looking to progress and get more podiums than last year.

“Getting a win early will be crucial for putting a championship campaign together. I feel that if I can get it off my chest soon, the confidence from it could be worth an extra tenth of a second on track.

“I’m really going to push from the opening rounds at Brands Hatch and see what we can do.”