Burns is first to sign up to drive a Team Hard VW CC in British Touring Car Championship
Ginetta GT4 Supercup runnerup Will Burns has been named as Team Hard’s first driver for the 2017 British Touring Car Championship season.
The 26-year-old will drive one of the team’s three VW CCS in the series next year after the outfit purchased them from Team BMR and BKR.
Burns has competed in the GT4 Supercup for the past three years, finishing just three points behind champion Tom Wrigley in the standings this season with Douglas Motorsport.
“We initially started talking to them back at the Snetterton round and have been building up a good relationship,” said Burns. “I get along with the team and it felt right to go with them – I know they have big plans and I wanted to be a part of them.
“I’m under no illusions it’s going to be tough but it will be a learning year.”
Burns has already tested for the team in a Toyota Avensis the squad campaigned this year, but the front-wheel-drive VW CC will be completely different to the Ginetta he is used to.
“I will be under no pressure and will try to get to grips with the car,” said Burns. “It will be completely different to the Ginetta.
“It’s been a dream of mine to do touring cars so I’m going to be pinching myself every time I do a lap in the car.”
Team Hard boss Tony Gilham described Burns as “an amazing up and coming talent” who had “already formed a great relationship” with the squad.
Burns will tackle the BTCC