Will Burns Steps Up To BTCC With Team HARD For 2017

Will Burns will graduate to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship in 2017, racing one of Team HARD‘s three Volkswagen CCs.

The 2016 Ginetta GT4 Supercup runner-up will make his BTCC bow with Tony Gilham‘s outfit next season in one of the three race-winning CCs, having battled to 17 podiums and three race wins in the supporting one-make Ginetta series.

“I am absolutely delighted to be stepping up to the British Touring Car Championship,” said Burns, who said that being placed in a race-winning car made his decision a simple one.

“I’ve watched the BTCC since I was a child, and when I started racing back in 2011 I could have never imagined I’d be on the grid. I’m under no illusions as to the size of the challenge ahead. It’s the pinnacle of British motorsport and it’s going to be a steep learning curve for me, but I really can’t wait to get the season started at Brands Hatch in April.

“I’m excited to be part of Team HARD’s plans for the 2017 season. I really enjoyed my first test with them last month and they are a really talented, professional team – it’s going to be great to work with them next season.

Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography
Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

“The Passat CC is a proven race-winning car in the series and I’m confident that we will have a strong package heading into next season. I’m looking forward to getting to grips with the new car as soon as possible.”

Talks remain ongoing in regards to the remaining seats still available at Team HARD, team boss Gilham having recently revealled that the squad will run a trio of Volkswagen CC machines.

On his latest arrival, Gilham said: “We have been talking to Will and his family for a few months now and have already formed a great relationship. We share the same drive and ambition and Will is an amazing up-and-coming talent.

“We are genuinely excited about 2017 for a number of reasons and that includes the potential that Will has shown in the last few years and in his first ever taste of front-wheel drive machinery at the recent Snetterton test.

“The capabilities of the Volkswagen Passat CC have been known to us for a few years now having originally introduced them to the grid in 2013. We’ve seen its progress and it’s had great success over the years as a proven race-winning car.

‘We’ve every confidence that we have a very competitive package for the year ahead and look forward to working with Will both on and off track as he continues his development and rise to the very top.”