Burns is first to sign up to drive a Team Hard VW CC in Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship

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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.

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