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4 different cars, same podium results for Pittard in Portimao Classic!

4 different cars, same podium results for Pittard in Portimao Classic!

A multiple weekends of 1st for David on his first trip to the Portimao, firstly David was asked to drive Andy Wolfe’s Lola T70 Mk1 Spyder alongside his usual Lotus Elan 26R steed in the multiple races over the weekend. This all changed after Thursday evening test session after a wishbone failure ruled the Lola out for the weekend. Therefore David would switch to the Chevron B8 for the Sportscar races for the weekend where he would qualify the car P5 overall for the 60mins race.

The Elan had a busy weekend racing in the Iberian GT races as well as the Pre66 2hr race. David qualified the Elan P6 overall in the Pre66 race and P7 overall in the Iberian GT race. During the first Iberian GT race, Graham held a great start and first stint before making a fantastic call by himself to pit under the safety car as the safety car train passed the pitlane entrance, timed to perfection! This allowed the Elan to jump up the order from within the top 15 to come out P2 overall! A fantastic call! David made a mega restart to jump the Elan, who was leading overall, to take the lead and pull a commanding margin. While leading the race and class comfortably, the race also included Ford GT40s driven by accomplished historic racer Simon Hadfield and Audi works driver Frank Stippler meaning the overall result was short lived but the class result was secure! After a late race failure for the Hadfield GT40, this promoted the Elan to P2 overall! A fantastic start to the weekend!

The next on track race was Iberian GT Race 2, where unfortunately the Elan had a spin and was damaged beyond repair ruling it out for the weekend including the Pre66 2 hour. However in the same race a fellow driver unfortunately damaged his shoulder and David was given the opportunity to fill in and drive an AC Cobra!

Always up for a challenge, David’s first laps would be mid race leaving little time to get to grips with the car when it mattered! David, shared with Andrew Haddon who was also on double duties, driving a Lotus Cortina in the race before. This meant that he missed the start and instead of starting P5, he would start the race from the pitlane in last! A mega first few laps saw Andrew climb from P42 start to P6 very quickly, before finally handing over the car in P3, 40secs down on the leader! David jumped in and after 3 laps was able to match Andrew’s fast times and run P2 overall, with a safety car then intervening bought the gap to the leaders right down! Pitting under safety car gave them the jump on the leaders before they were jumped by a car behind meaning they remained P2. However the increased effort to sythe through the field took its toll on the Cobras rear tyres meaning that when Andrew jumped back in, he had no tyres left to make further impression on the leaders. After dropping a place to P3, another late race failure boosted the #6 Cobra to runners up, a fantastic debut for the pairing!

The final race of a busy weekend was 60mins in the Chevron, Wilson, starting had a very spirited battle between the other Chevrons on the grid, running P3 in class. When handing over to David, David made short work of the other Chevrons to bring the #13 car home 1st in class to round out an awesome debut year in historic racing!

DPM