Team HARD racer Will Burns will miss this weekend's British Touring Car Championship finale at Brands Hatch on medical grounds as a result of the major shunt he suffered at Silverstone almost two-weeks ago.

The 27-year old was caught up in a heavy accident with Team BMW's Rob Collard during the first Silverstone, which ultimately sent both drivers to hospital.

Burns was helpless in avoiding making severe contact with Collard's BMW at Becketts after the latter was forced off the circuit with broken steering from another minor altercation and subsequently spun back onto the racing line, directly into the Volkswagen CC's path.

Having been diagnosed with three fractured ribs and a bruised lung, Burns was discharged from the hospital just hours after the incident but was advised to take at least a month's rest, ruling him out of this weekend's finale.

"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," said Burns.

“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.”

The Volkswagen CC driver's decision not to race will have no bearing on the Team HARD outfit's TBL license on the basis of force majeure.

Meanwhile, Team BMW's Collard will return to the grid at Brands Hatch after being passed fit for this weekend's season finale.




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