Will Burns to miss BTCC finale after Silverstone crash

Will Burns will miss the final round of the British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch on medical grounds after his involvement in a shunt at the previous Silverstone event

Will Burns to miss BTCC finale after Silverstone crash

The Team Hard driver's Volkswagen CC was collected by the WSR BMW 125i M Sport of Rob Collard during the opening race on the National circuit that ended both drivers' meetings.

Burns was airlifted from the circuit to hospital, but was discharged later on Sunday afternoon with three fractured ribs and a bruised lung.

He is not expected to suffer any long-term injuries as a result of the crash, but has been advised to rest for at least a month and will therefore miss this weekend's Brands meeting.

Substantial damage to the front and rear of the Volkswagen CC also means the car will not be repaired in time for the event.

TOCA has accepted the car will not be present on the grounds of force majeure.

"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."

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