- Simon Paice
Will Burns Regains Championship Lead With Supreme Double Croft Win
Will Burns has moved back into the championship lead in the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 SuperCup after enjoying his best ever weekend points score in the series with pole position, two wins and a second place finish at Croft (10/11 October). Eight podium finishes in the opening eleven races of the season had placed the Weston-Super-Mare racer just three points off the summit of the championship standings heading into the fifth meeting of the season at Croft, a circuit he scored a podium finish at last year. Burns immediately laid down a marker to his fellow title contenders by topping the timesheets in mixed conditions during free practice on Friday. He perfectly replicated that performance in qualifying the next morning to record a second pole position of the 2020 season. A textbook start behind the wheel of his Cases Ltd backed Ginetta G55 secured him the lead of race one from the off, and he wasn’t to be beaten throughout. After building a second advantage, he controlled the gap throughout with a composed drive to victory. That was also a milestone 40th overall race win for the Rob Boston Racing team, and there was further success to come in race two on Sunday morning as he raced live on ITV4. Leading away from pole position once again, he soon headed a close three car battle at the front of the field. With his rivals hot on his heels, Burns had to produce a faultless defensive display in his Eurocams and Absolute Plastering Services sponsored machine to soak up the pressure and keep them at bay to become the first driver on the grid to record four race wins this year. The reverse grid for race three put him back in fourth. An intelligent drive saw Burns twice capitalise on drivers ahead making overtaking moves to position his car perfectly to follow them through and gain a spot. This earnt him a fantastic second place at the finish. That result was Burns’ 60th podium finish in the GT4 SuperCup and it completed his best ever weekend in the series. He now holds a 19 point championship lead heading into the penultimate meeting of the season at Snetterton (24/25 October). Will Burns: “I can honestly say I never expected this! I was confident we’d be quick this weekend, but to come away with two wins, a second place and a good championship lead is beyond anything I could have imagined as we made the drive up to Yorkshire. “It’s the hard work and talent of the Rob Boston Racing team that has made this possible. They’ve done a fantastic job all meeting with the car, getting the set-up nailed despite changing conditions on Saturday making it an ever harder task than usual. “The opening win was great, as I felt in control throughout, while race two was a bit tougher as they were right on my bumper throughout and I had to soak up a lot of pressure. The reverse grid always makes race three a lottery, but I was pleased with the moves I pulled off to get second. “With two meetings left, it’s now getting to the sharp end of the year and while I’m obviously pleased to have the championship lead, I know it’s still all to play for from here. The hard work starts now to ensure I’m fully prepared and ready to go at Snetterton.”
Image from Jakob Ebrey Photography.