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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

Wilson & Pittard seal Masters Historic Stela Line Gentlemen Drivers series in style!

Luxembourg racer Graham Wilson & British young gun David Pittard wrapped up the  Masters Historic Stela Line Gentlemen Drivers series in style with a perfect weekend at the Portuguese circuit of Estoril! The little Lotus Elan 26R set overall pole position, overall fastest lap and won overall the 3hr race!

After testing was cut short due to fog and rain, it was almost straight into qualifying for Wilson & Pittard in the Elan where David placed the car on P1 overall in the dying minutes of the 45min session to give the #13 car the best possible position going into turn 1 for the 3hr race on Sunday.

With Wilson starting, after being out dragged into turn 1 by the thundering Daytona Cobra and a few laps later passed by 2 other Cobras, Wilson held a top 4 position for most of his 90min stint whilst under big pressure from the #79 Mark Martin/Andrew Haddon Elan, a great drive under great pressure.

A fantastic pitstop from Wolfe Engineering saw the car emerge with one of the quickest pitstops to close the gap to the Cobras. While the Cobras pitted and fuelled the Elan breezed passed 2 while on track and passed the final Cobra for the overall lead while it was on its outlap. After then David controlled the gap to 2nd place and took the flag with a 20sec gap! The perfect way to wrap up the title!

“A huge thanks to Graham and Andy Wolfe for taking me onboard this year, its great to see Graham beating his times from last year throughout the season and I love driving these historic and iconic cars! As for this weekend, its literally been perfect, the car has run faultlessly and we achieved the home run of race weekends!”

DPM

Portugal bound for Pittard to sign off 2017 season!

The final 2 race weekends of the year will take place on consecutive weekends in southern Portugal to round of the Masters Historic series as well as the 1 off Algarve Classic.

David and co-driver Graham Wilson will be looking to secure the Masters Gentlemen Drivers Series, and Wilson is also vying for the FIA Historic Sportscars championship which is set to be an action packed weekend at the Estoril Circuit very close to Lisbon.

7days later the Algarve classic event kicks off where the Elan will be in contention and David as also been asked to drive Andy Wolfe’s Lola T70 Mk1 Spyder! A 600bhp Chevvy big block 800kg engined car which will be a huge honour and privilege!

DPM

Disaster for Lanan as Championship eludes them

With it all to play for going into the final British GT weekend of 2017, Lanan Racing approached the weekend with a win or bust attitude! However it was the latter that played out for them concluding a dire run of fortune in the final 3 races of the season.

The weekend started very well with the pairing finishing FP1, P1 in the GT4 class, however with the fantastic balance that was felt in FP1 couldn’t be replicated for FP2 or qualifying, meaning the best the pairing could do was P8, with their championship rivals finishing up P4.

With the 2nd half of the year proving that the Ginetta is always a better race car than a qualifying car, hopes were still high for a good start and misfortune to strike their rivals.

Alex would start the 2hour race and having been out dragged into turn 1 and loosing a couple of positions, he set out to make them back up again and chase down the championship leaders. However, disaster struck! A slowing Aston Martin GT4 car caught the Ginetta driver out, contact was made and the wishbone and steering were damaged beyond repair. Championship over.

“It was a great shame to what has been a fantastic year, however this is motorsport. Highlights have been taking our first win at the first round of the year to outline our crews potential and continuing that consistency to firmly place ourselves as championship contenders going into the final ½ of the year. A huge thank you to everyone that has helped me get back out on the grid this year in the British GT championship, I’ve loved every second of it and I can’t wait to be back already!”

After a race win the outgoing champions, PMX Optimum Motorsport won the final race of the year in their McLaren 570s to pip the Lanan crew to championship runners up.

The end of season presentation will take place in Paris with the rest of the SRO championships in November.

DPM

British GT Title Showdown for Lanan Racing at the #DoningtonDecider

After the disappointment of Brands Hatch, Lanan Racing duo David Pittard & Alex Reed are looking for their fortunes to change in their bid for the British GT4 title which will conclude this weekend at the #DoningtonDecider!

The pairing sit 2nd in the championship, 25 points behind the fellow Ginetta team HHC Motorsport with a total of 37.5 on offer in the 2hour encounter around the East Midlands based circuit.

This means that the #51 car will need to either win or finish 2nd with their main championship rivals finishing 6th (if the #51 car wins) or 10th (if the #51 car is 2nd). With the fast and sweeping corners, the track should play to the Ginetta’s strengths, however the McLarens & Aston Martins have proved quick in the past few races!

DPM

4 wins in 5 years for Wilson/Stirling/Pittard Elan 26R!

4 wins in 5 years for Wilson/Stirling/Pittard Elan 26R!

A very long week of driving the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in the Belgium Ardens to complete a very successful weekend for the Wolfe Engineering team!

Starting Wednesday for testing on a drying circuit, a few teething issues were overcome after the car is almost rebuilt from the season so far ready for the gruelling 6hrs! A day of nothing on Thursday, which is the official test but due to the high number of red flags the Wolfe team chose to sit out the day to prep the cars ready for the 6hrs on Saturday evening.

The first big test came just after Gentlemen Drivers qualifying, Gentlemen drivers quali was over very quickly with both drivers doing their minimum 3 laps to qualify for the race, A very busy 6hr qualifying with over 120 cars all trying to set a laptime!

With Oli & Graham being baulked by traffic on all their laps the #13 car sat P4 in class, and as David got into the car a red flag was thrown on his outlap which turned out to be a blessing in disguise! As a result, David was one of the first cars at the end of the pitlane for when the track went green again! This didn’t guarantee a clear lap but certainly helped as David got 2 relatively clear laps to go P17 overall and P1 in class as the track darkened, with only a brace of Ford GT40’s and a AC Cobra Daytona ahead of the plucky Elan!

On Saturday, David qualified the Chevron in P7 overall and P2 in class on a drying circuit.

A very up and down race greeted the 120 cars that took the start of the 6hr, with there always a threat of rain in the air the choice of tyres was always going to be a tough one going into the race. With Stirling starting, throughout his stint he indulged into a fantastic battle with 2 other Elan 26Rs, however a drive thru for overtaking under yellow and a miss timed safety car meant the #13 car took the drive thru twice! Handing over to Wilson, who drove a consistent and great stint to further cement the car into P3 in class and slowly climbing the overall order as various GT40s broke ahead of them.

A great call by the Wolfe Engineering team saw the #13 car fuel at their final driver change which saved them the time in the pit that they lost due to the double drive thru which once all the pit stops played out saw the #13 car make up the 2lap deficit to the class leaders and take a commanding class lead! Then to further secure a comfortable class lead, 2 late race safety cars played into the hands of the #13 car which eventually saw it cross the line 100secs ahead of the 2nd placed Elan! The 4th class win of the 6hr in 5 years, a fantastic feat!

The team worked really hard to re prep the Elan ready for the Gentlemen Drivers race on Sunday in which they started P24 and made their way through to P6 overall and P1 in class to gain more points towards the Masters Gentlemen Drivers championship.

Another crash fest in the FIA Historic Sportscar race meant David had to make 2 safety car restarts to build a small lead before handing over to Wilson, after a spin on oil through the very fast Pouon, the #13 Chevron settled for P4 in class, a disappointing result for the car and for the FIA Historic championship.

With 1 round to go, both cars are in contention for their respective championships, its all to play for in the final round at Estoril!

DPM

Wolfe Engineering Lotus Elan 26R approaches Spa 6hr with Target on back!

The biggest historic race of the Wilson/Pittard season! And one that they approach with a target on their back. Having won the class for under 2 litre cars, 3 times in the past 4 years the Wolfe Elan is the car to beat going into the event!

As well as the 6hr, going for 4th crown in 5 years, the Elan also has the 90mins Masters Gentlemen Drivers race and the Chevron B8 in the Sportscar race to win.

DPM

Back to Winning ways in the Dunes of Zandvoort!

As the Masters Histoic series makes it return to Zandvoort in Amsterdam, in a hectic time in the schedule for the drivers but even more so the teams! Zandvoort, Goodwood Revival & the Spa 6hr all on consecutive weekends was the busiest time of the year! Therefore a very high priority was making sure that the cars came back in 1 piece with minimum running time on them.

David’s first impressions on the very undulating Dutch circuit through the sand dunes were captured by Autosport legend Marcus Pye;

““Zandvoort is fantastic. I love the way the circuit swoops and undulates through the dunes. I can’t wait to come back,”

The twisting nature of the circuit would further suit the nimble Lotus Elan 26R & Chevron B8 of owner and co-driver Graham Wilson in both the 90min Gentlemen Drivers Race and the 60min FIA Historic Sportscars!

The weekend would be one of the best of the year so far as Wilson drove fantastically in both his cars all weekend which were the benchmark of the 2 class wins the pairing drove to. In the Elan, a great start from P6 saw Graham run in the top 10 overall against the bigger engined cars and even a safety car couldn’t break Wilsons rhythm to bring the car back in the class lead. With the Job 95% done already, Pittard jumped onboard the Elan to bring the car home for a class win!

The same would happen in the Sportscar race later on in the day. With David starting this time, a very safety car interrupted first half of the race saw David run in the top 5, as the big Lola T70s and Lola T290s couldn’t out run the Chevron B8. A gamble to stay out a lap longer didn’t pay off, meaning when Wilson got behind the wheel for his stint, it left the car last and all to play for. Another fantastic stint saw Graham drive from last in class to bring the car back to the class lead and take maximum points!

Another fantastic event and another fantastic performance from Wolfe Engineering and Graham.

DPM

Zandvoort Masters

The Masters series returns to action this weekend at Zandvoort, the beach resort for Amsterdam, Holland.

Based a stones throw from the shore, the undulating circuit is a drivers favorite as a result. Due to the circuits unique nature it provides a unique challenge also found in the desert circuits in the Gulf with the circuit notoriously being slow in the first session due to the sand that is swept onto the circuit!

The tight and twisty nature should suit the Chevron B8 & Lotus Elan 26R cars that David will be piloting this weekend as he and co-driver Graham Wilson look to overcome a difficult weekend last time out at Nurburgring.

DPM

Oulton Park Gold Cup Class winners!

David Pittard & new co-driver Oliver Stirling took class honours and 3rd overall in the prestigious Oulton Park Gold Cup Guards Trophy GT race over August Bank Holiday weekend.

After qualifying the car on pole position in class, and after briefly loosing the lead from the start until Shell hairpin, the #13 car was never headed and benefitted from a couple of offs from cars ahead to climb from P5 on the grid to P3 in the 60min race!

“It was great to have Oli on board for the weekend to get his eye in for the Spa 6hr and always mega to get a good result on his home track in front of his family and friends! I’ll be hoping for the same at Spa in a few weeks time”

DPM