Will Burns will play no part in the final three races of the BTCC season at Brands Hatch following his accident at Silverstone.
The Team HARD driver suffered several broken ribs and bruising on the lung following a multi-car incident in the opening encounter of the weekend.
Burns found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time as the field made their way through the Becketts section when Rob Collard’s BMW speared across the circuit after being sent onto the grass due to contact moments before.
The resulting impact led to both drivers being transferred to hospital and their cars sustaining heavy damage. Despite the team’s best efforts, it has not been possible to rebuild the car in time.
Whilst not expected to endure any long-term effects from his injuries, Burns is unable to race on medical grounds for the next four to six weeks.
TOCA have agreed the car’s absence on the grounds of force majeure and no driver replacement will be needed.
Burns said: “It’s disappointing not to be able to complete my maiden BTCC season at Brands Hatch this weekend, but withdrawing from the meeting is certainly the right decision to make in the circumstances.
“I want to say a huge thank you to the marshals who were the first on the scene at Silverstone, to the BTCC and Silverstone medical teams, and all the staff at the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for all their fantastic help.
“I must also say a massive thank you to everyone who has sent their well wishes since the incident, the response has been truly overwhelming. I hope to be back in a race car soon as we begin to look ahead to the 2018 season.”
Team HARD will run two cars for rounds 28, 29 and 30 with Mike Epps and Jake Hill flying the Volkswagen CC flag around the outfits home circuit.
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