Will Burns says he is “incredibly proud” to have fought back into Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup championship contention and eventually only miss out on the title by just three points.
Burns was over 100 points adrift after the third race at Knockhill back in August, but victory in the final race in Scotland kick-started his revitalised title charge.
Five podium finishes in the next six races, coupled with some drama for points leader Tom Wrigley, meant the duo headed into the Brands Hatch season finale split by just 24 points.
Burns would cut the deficit further with a perfect start to the finale weekend, converting his maiden Supercup pole position in qualifying into a third victory of the season in race one.
A battling drive to fifth in tricky conditions in race two meant Burns headed into the live televised final race needing to outscore Wrigley by eight points to secure the crown.
After a close-fought opening few laps, Burns worked his way into third position, but with Wrigley directly behind him in fourth, the points swing wasn’t going to be enough.
Burns needed to put one car between them to take the crown and only the final lap he made his move, dramatically diving down in the inside of Jack Mitchell at Paddock Hill Bend.
Unfortunately for the Douglas Motorsport ace, Wrigley followed him through to stay only four points behind and take the title in the closest championship finish in Supercup history.
“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,” said Burns.
“I’m naturally a little bit gutted, but I’m incredibly proud to have fought back from a deficit of over one hundred points in the title battle.
“Tom [Wrigley] was on form at the start of the season, but we kept the pressure on him and gave it everything we could.
“To be in title contention right to the final race is a huge achievement and I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped me get here.”