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Fastest lap at VLN7 for Pittard as his pace continues to impress

Nurburgring newbie David Pittard, is quickly becoming a Nurburgring specialist having added another accolade to his racing CV by setting the 5th fastest qualifying time ever on the VLN layout of the Nurburgring Nordschlife as well as setting the fastest lap during VLN7.

Having set the pace in VLN6, the pressure was on Pittard to recreate that fantastic pace again at VLN7. Although Pittard was assigned 09:20-09:40 slot within qualifying, not the ideal time of qualifying, he went almost 2.5secs faster than his VLN6 pole position time to take provisional pole on a 7:55.761! However by the end of the 90min session, Pittard ended the session a mear 0.293 seconds off pole in P4 after a super fast and super close qualifying session.

“I wanted to make the most of my qualifying slot, the pressure was off because I didn’t have the final empty track slot and after a busy GP circuit at the beginning of the lap, I saw it was clear so pushed on. I had a relatively clear lap, still having to pass 15 cars, and dropping 2.5secs in sector4 but hooked the rest of it up improving from VLN6 and went even quicker! I held pole position for 25mins before being pipped to a second pole in a row. I was disappointed not to have had the final slot and hook up a really clear lap, however the data shows my pace on a great lap!”

With AM driver Andreas Zigler starting the car, the #36 Total car dropped to just outside the top10 after the first stint before David jumped in. An unusually clear full stint with no Code-60s or 120s, meant 100% pushing from David to make up time and he set the fastest lap of the race on his second tour. His pace slowly dropped off due to deteriorating tyres again, before the end of his stint.

“The car has been super strong all day again, a big thanks to the hard work the team have put in to make it this quick, as the track was clear I could push all the way through my stint to make up time. Setting the fastest lap was really good to add to my CV as well as I felt denied of pole position!”

Blancpain driver Anders Buchardt took over in the 3rd stint, before Zigler bought the car home P9 overall and P4 in class.

David returns to the Nurburgring in 2weeks time for VLN8.

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David Pittard – A multiple British & European Champion as well as “ARDS A” Performance Driver Coach has over 19years experience in the worldwide Motorsport industry. Specialising in Modern & Historic racing, David proven his speed & versatility in a range of modern and historic machinery in a safe and controlled manner at circuits around the world.

VLN Championship – The VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft Nürburgring is the largest grassroots series in the world. Nine times a year, 170 race cars – from close-to-production touring cars to full-blown GT3 cars – start on the world’s most beautiful and demanding race track, the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

Walkenhorst Motorsport -60 years of automotive passion – Our claim. Our conviction. Our passion. As a family-owned company it is important to meet these fundamental values. Not only in terms of our drivers, but also in terms of our team and our partners. Because quality creates trust, success brings responsibility and passion is our advantage. Constantly we expand our knowledge and collaborate on the target – the development of unique, perfectly tuned race car.

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Pittard looking to maintain strong pace at VLN7

Pole sitter from VLN6, David Pittard will be looking to maintain his impressive form at the 7th VLN round of the year back at the 25km long Nurburgring Nordschlife aboard the Total Racing Walkenhorst BMW M6 GT3 car.

The 26year old, duly set the fastest time for qualifying on only his 3rd outing in a GT3 car in his debut year racing at the “Green Hell”, as he targets a manufacture GT3 drive.

“Last weekend started brilliantly. I achieved my aims to producing a sub 8min lap around the VLN layout of the Nurburgring, it just happened to be quicker than everyone else’s time! I knew that I had the potential to do this at some point this year, however its a huge confidence boost to have done it so early in my debut VLN season. My aim now is to work on the areas I can still improve and maintain this pace for the remaining 3 races of the VLN season”

Pittard will pair with season partner Andreas Zigler & Blancpain driver Anders Buchardt in the SP9-PRE Pro-Am class and look for another podium finish after 2 DNF’s in a row due to technical faults.

“This weekend will be mixed conditions by the looks. It means I will get to try the Nordschlife in the wet for the first time in testing which will be very useful as I’m yet to drive the track in the wet. However I hope that the track will be dry for qualifying where I can try to work on the area’s of improvement and go Sub 8 again”

Raceday starts at 08:30 CET with qualifying for 90mins, before the 6hour race starts at Midday until 18:00. Live coverage can be seen on the VLN’s YouTube channel here

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David Pittard – A multiple British & European Champion as well as “ARDS A” Performance Driver Coach has over 19years experience in the worldwide Motorsport industry. Specialsing in Modern & Historic racing, David proven his speed & versatility in a range of modern and historic machinery in a safe and controlled manner at circuits around the world.

VLN Championship – The VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft Nürburgring is the largest grassroots series in the world. Nine times a year, 170 race cars – from close-to-production touring cars to full-blown GT3 cars – start on the world’s most beautiful and demanding race track, the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

Walkenhorst Motorsport -60 years of automotive passion – Our claim. Our conviction. Our passion. As a family-owned company it is important to meet these fundamental values. Not only in terms of our drivers, but also in terms of our team and our partners. Because quality creates trust, success brings responsibility and passion is our advantage. Constantly we expand our knowledge and collaborate on the target – the development of unique, perfectly tuned race car.

 

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Wilson Elan wins 5th Spa 6hr in epic fashion!

The Graham Wilson Lotus Elan 26R took its 5th Class win of the Spa 6hours in 6years at the hands of veteran Oli Stirling, race debutant Shaun Balfe and now double winner David Pittard! 

The 3 drivers were run faultlessly by the Wolfe Manufacturing team throughout the weekend executing the perfect weekend with class win, pole position, fastest lap and 7th overall only beaten by 6 GT40s. 

The weekend started well with David qualifying the car in P20 overall and P1 in class by a demanding margin which set up the teams intent for the race. With Oli and Car debutant Shaun also setting competitive times throughout the session the team were confident for the race. 

“This is the first time the car has run this year after an extensive rebuild over the winter due to a heavy & successful season in 2017. So a big thanks goes to Simon and the boys at Wolfe Manufacturing for prepping such a reliable and fast car! This was apparent from the very first session of the weekend even in the pitch black we were able to match our qualifying time from last year!” 

Shaun Balfe, 2017 International GT Open champion, would start the race with a fantastic first stint to pull away from the other class competitors enough that when the first safety cars were deployed he was able to pull a half lap lead due to 2 safety cars being used on track. He would hold this lead consistently for the rest of his stint before handing over to David. 

“Shaun took a lot of pressure off me as he’d built such a gap! That way I didn’t have to take big risks in traffic and could push comfortably without taking too much out of the car! The fuel stop worked without a hitch and after that I just concentrated on building as bigger margin for Oli as possible!” 

Another faultless pitstop to hand over to Oli saw the #13 Car with over a laps lead on the competition in P5 overall, as darkness set in over the Belgium circuit. 2 GT40s overtook the Car in the final 20mins as Oli bought the car back to victory! 

“A huge thanks to Graham for the invite to one of the biggest and best historic races on the calendar once again! It was a pleasure sharing Shaun & Oli and a huge thank you to the team as well!” 

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Pittard and Wolfe Engineering Elan 26R reunite to defend Spa6hr Title

David Pittard and the Wolfe Engineering Lotus Elan 26R owned by Graham Wilson, will return to one of the historic racing highlights of the year, the Spa 6hrs on September 15th. He will partner again long term driver Olly Stirling and British GT driver and International GT Open champion Shaun Balfe.

On his debut in the race in 2017, David qualified the Elan on class pole position, 17th overall and with the help of co-drivers Graham Wilson and Olly Stirling bought the car home 1st in class and 7th overall in a top class field of the best drivers and car preparers in Europe.

The race that starts at 16:00 Saturday afternoon starts in the daylight and finishes at 22:00 in the darkness, is for pre66 GT cars that attract cars like Ford GT’s, Jaguar E-Types, and AC Cobras and is one of the highlights of the Historic racing calendar 1 week after the Goodwood Revival.

“It’s awesome to have been asked back to the Spa6hr, a huge thank you to Graham for the invite. It was one of the highlights last year, starting the race in the day and going into the evening. Especially in the mighty giant killing Lotus Elan 26R owned by Graham and prepared by Andy Wolfe which has a fantastic pedigree at this event. It is a great shame that Graham has to miss the event this year, but to have such a successful driver like Shaun added to the line-up is very confidence inspiring for the race!”

The Wilson Elan has won the Spa 6hrs 4times in the past 5 years, and the team hope to make it 5wins in 2018.

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Pittard claims outright pole at the Nurburgring in only 3rd GT3 outing


Walkenhorst Motorsport driver David Pittard claimed his maiden VLN pole position and the teams first in 2years for VLN6 at the Nurburgring Nordschleife aboard the teams Total Lubricants supported BMW M6 GT3 car.

In the 26year olds 3rd outing in a GT3 car at the menacing 25km Nurburgring, he topped the time sheets ahead of many established manufacture drivers and factory supported teams in his BMW M6 GT3 Car in the final 10mins of qualifying to set the grid for the 4hour race.

David, having proved his pace and potential at VLN4, his first ever time in a GT3 car, was given the opportunity to qualify the Car in the final 10mins of the session and duly delivered on his 1st of 2 laps to achieve his aim of going sub 8, as well as going P1 by 3tenths!

“A lot of time, effort and prep has gone into that lap. I’m hugely thankful that Walkenhorst trusted me to qualify the car and I was prepared enough to make the most of the clear track at the end of the session and deliver the time. All I wanted to do was go Sub8 and was over the moon to achieve it, but when the team said it was p1 I didn’t believe them! Even on the inlap I was speechless!”

“There are a lot of drivers that I look upto and aspire to be on the VLN entry, and to have them in my rear view mirror on the grid was a strange but amazing feeling! This is why we came to the VLN to be compared to the best GT drivers in the world on the hardest track on the world, to prove my ability, which I have already. A huge thank you to everyone that has helped give me this opportunity!”

David would start the race running in the top 4, with Nurburgring specialists Falken Motorsports and 2017 N24hr winners Land Motorsport. However qualifying would be the highlight of the day, as an engine issue would halt the car out on track after 10laps while David was running P4.

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Return to (The Green) Hell for Pittard and Walkenhorst

David Pittard will return back to the legendary Nurburgring Nordschleife aboard his usual #36 Total Lubricants supported PRO-AM car with co-drivers Rudi Adams and Andreas Zigler!

VLN6 will return to the VLN’s usual format of a 4hour race where the Walkenhorst team will hope to have a turn of fortunes compared to VLN5 where the #35 Playstation car didn’t start and the #36 Total car crashed after 2hrs 20mins of the 6hr VLN5 race.

“The team have done a fantastic job to even get the cars ready in the 14day turn around between the 2 events. So it would be great to reward them with a result this weekend for all their hardwork and effort they put in at VLN5 and between the 2 events.

I can’t wait to get back out properly! At VLN5 I only had my qualifying lap to try and improve on my previous performance, and even that was seriously affected by slow zones, but the data proved to me that I’ve made a big step forward since VLN4. I now want to have a clean run at a whole event to improve on the finer details”

Raceday starts at 08:30 CET with qualifying for 90mins, before the 6hour race starts at Midday until 18:00. Live coverage can be seen on the VLN’s YouTube channel here

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David Pittard – A multiple British & European Champion as well as “ARDS A” Performance Driver Coach has over 19years experience in the worldwide Motorsport industry. Specialsing in Modern & Historic racing, David proven his speed & versatility in a range of modern and historic machinery in a safe and controlled manner at circuits around the world.

VLN Championship – The VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft Nürburgring is the largest grassroots series in the world. Nine times a year, 170 race cars – from close-to-production touring cars to full-blown GT3 cars – start on the world’s most beautiful and demanding race track, the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

Walkenhorst Motorsport -60 years of automotive passion – Our claim. Our conviction. Our passion. As a family-owned company it is important to meet these fundamental values. Not only in terms of our drivers, but also in terms of our team and our partners. Because quality creates trust, success brings responsibility and passion is our advantage. Constantly we expand our knowledge and collaborate on the target – the development of unique, perfectly tuned race car.

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Podium for Pittard at Chevron 50th Anniversary at the Oulton Park Gold Cup

David returned to the Oulton Park Gold Cup to take a memorable podium in the Chevron B8 50th anniversary race.

Pittard was asked to drive the B8 by owner and regular racer Bristol based David Smithies in the iconic event celebrating the largest model built by the British manufacture in 1968.

The Chevron B8 remains one of the most enduringly popular sports-racing car designs and was one of the most successful projects from talented designer and engineer Derek Bennett, the founder of Chevron.

The cars were built in a former mill in Bolton and were regularly tested and raced at Oulton Park. Over the ensuing half century, the B8 has claimed many victories at the Cheshire track, which is the perfect setting to celebrate this classic design.

A small teething issue limited running in the mixed condition qualifying session on August Bank Holiday Monday at the picturesque Cheshire track, however in the drying conditions, David’s best lap from only 3laps in qualifying placed him P4 on the grid for the 40min pitstop race.

Engineer for the weekend Chris Bailey and Smithies quickly diagnosed the small wiring issue meaning the car was ready again for the race. A rare opportunity of a standing start saw David hold his position going into turn 1, before moving upto 3rd by the end of lap1.

David then quickly chased down and passed 2nd place after 3laps again into the final corner before going after the leader! However David & his BMW powered Chevron didn’t have the pace to catch the FVA engined Chevron of Ex GT racer Andrew Kirkaldy, and even after a super slick pitstop, gaining 4secs on the leader it wasn’t enough to challenge for the lead. A late race safety car bunched the pack up again negating the 15+second lead David had over P3, at the restart, a 2 lap dash for the cash, David hasselled Kirkaldy without finding a way through and on the last lap missed a shift and dropped to P3.

“With the car being rebuilt over the winter, our aim coming into the event was to finish and anything else was a bonus. We were reminded of this with the small issue in qualifying, however it was clear that the car had great pace! So to come away dissapointed with a P3 result shows how competitive the car was and I’m kicking myself for my error on that last lap! It was a great honour to have been asked to race for David and can’t thank him enough for the opportunity! It was great to race such an classic car around such a classic circuit with so much history around the event!”

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Pittard returns to the Oulton Park Gold Cup for Chevron 50th Anniversary race

David Pittard will take a break from his BMW M6 GT3 VLN campaign to contest the Chevron B8/B6 50th Anniversary race on August bank holiday weekend at the annual Oulton Park Gold Cup.

David, who raced to considerable success with a Chevron B8 in the Master FIA Historic Sportscar championship in 2017, has been asked by fellow B8 competitor and owner David Smithies to contest his car at the one off event!

The event will bring together a large amount of the iconic 1970’s sportscar’s around the picturesque and undulating International Oulton Park circuit in Cheshire, in a celebration of one of the most successful models Chevron produced. The event will take place on the August Bank Holiday Monday, with a 30min Qualifying & 50min pitstop race.

“It is a real honour to have been asked by David to drive his car in such a prestigious race! So firstly, a huge thank you to him. Having raced against him in the Master series in 2017, he said he was impressed with my pace as well as ability to bring the car back with minimumal wear and tear to it, which is great feedback for me to hear. I want to repay his faith in me with a win and crown his car as the winner of the 50th anniversary race! I love Oulton’s old school nature so to race the circuit in a 1970’s Chevron will be like stepping back in time! Tally ho!”

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Nightmare weekend for Pittard at the Green Hell

After a very promising start to “Race week” David’s plan’s slwoly unravelled through various issues out of his control!

It was announced early last week that David would graduate from the Walkenhorst #36 Total sponsored Pro-Am car to the #35 Playstation sponsored Pro car for the blue ribbon VLN championship event of the year the ROWE 6hrs.

However the weekend didn’t start well when a technical issue with the #35 Playstation car ruled it out for the weekend, leaving 4 refuged drivers. David was very luckily transfered back to the #36 Total car to race with previous team mates Andreas Zigler & Rudi Adams. This would guarantee additional mileage in the BMW M6GT3 car around the Nordschlife which is very sought after and therefore extremely beneficial.

Mixed track conditions hampered running for David during Friday testing for his 2 laps practice, however a team effort managed to set the car up very well by the time qualifying came on Saturday morning.

“A big thanks to Henry Walkenhorst for re-arranging the teams to get me out on track. It could have been a very short weekend. However with the team being so versatile and having settled into the very welcoming atmosphere in the previous 2 races, it was easy to jump back in with Andreas, Rudi & Blancpain regular Ralf Oeverhaus”

David joined qualifying in peak time between 08:45-09:00 which meant his lap was heavily affected by traffic and Code 120 & 60 zones meaning completing just 1 lap was the target to qualify for the race. However Adams at the end of the session set the 5th fastest time setting the #36 car up for a strong result for the 6hr race!

The #36 car would run in the top 10 for the first 2 1/2 hours of the race at the hands of Adams & Oeverhaus, however just before the driver change to hand over to David, Oeverhaus had contact with the barrier putting the car out of the race.

“The weekend just kept getting worse and worse really due to factors outside my control which was a great shame. I can be thankful that I got any laps this weekend thanks to the team, which some of my team mates didn’t and I can be thankful that this has only happened an extremely small amount of times during my career! Its also only 2 weeks to wait until the next VLN meaning I don’t have to wait long to get back behind the wheel of the awesome BMW Motorsport M6 GT3 car! It can only get better, roll on VLN6!”

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Pittard’s Pro Promotion for the Rowe Oil 6hrs of Nurburgring

David Pittard’s rapid rise through the VLN ranks continues has Walkenhorst Motorsport have placed him in the teams Pro category car for the 6hrs of VLN5.

David started his Green Hell journey at VLN2 in the slowest but one of the most hotly contested classes, the V4 class in a production spec BMW 325i, a top 5 was on the cards before a wheel hub fault cost them at the final pitstop, David then showed great pace in the also hotly contested BMW M235i CUP5 class with Walkenhorst to finish P4, before then making his GT3 debut in the BMW M6 GT3 with a podium in the Pro-AM class!

These impressive results at one of the hardest championships and circuits in the world have earned him the chance to share the Playstation backed BMW M6 GT3 in the Pro class for the VLN championship’s blue ribbon event! David will share the car with regulars Playstation Academy winner Jordan Tresson, Blancpain GT Asia champion Hunter Abbott & 2018 Spa 24hr winner Christian Krognes.

“I was over the moon when I received the email from Walkenhorst team manager Nic. All my preparation for VLN5 had been to maximise the Pro-AM entry that I had competed with at VLN4, however I’m pleased to have been entrusted with the Pro class car with 3 other top class drivers fighting for overall honours! This has been what I have been working towards, a shot to prove myself directly against some of the best GT drivers in the world! Let’s get it!”

Raceday starts at 08:30 CET with qualifying for 90mins, before the 6hour race starts at Midday until 18:00. Live coverage can be seen on the VLN’s YouTube channel here

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David Pittard – A multiple British & European Champion as well as “ARDS A” Performance Driver Coach has over 19years experience in the worldwide Motorsport industry. Specialsing in Modern & Historic racing, David proven his speed & versatility in a range of modern and historic machinery in a safe and controlled manner at circuits around the world.

VLN Championship – The VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft Nürburgring is the largest grassroots series in the world. Nine times a year, 170 race cars – from close-to-production touring cars to full-blown GT3 cars – start on the world’s most beautiful and demanding race track, the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

Walkenhorst Motorsport -60 years of automotive passion – Our claim. Our conviction. Our passion. As a family-owned company it is important to meet these fundamental values. Not only in terms of our drivers, but also in terms of our team and our partners. Because quality creates trust, success brings responsibility and passion is our advantage. Constantly we expand our knowledge and collaborate on the target – the development of unique, perfectly tuned race car.

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