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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.

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!

Back to the Future for David, where British GT Title fight heats up at Brands Hatch GP

Busy racing driver David Pittard will head back to modern GT racing this weekend after historic racing success at the Silverstone Classic last weekend, aiming to get the Lanan Racing GT team back into the championship lead at the legendary Brands Hatch GP circuit.

After a win in race 1 and contact in race 2 at Spa last time out, David and his co Driver Alex Reed lost their championship lead as a result and as the championship heads into the final 2 rounds, the pairing along with championship rivials HHC Motorsport have gapped the other GT4 contenders in the 2017 championship.

“We’ve survived the tracks which suit the McLarens & Astons (Silverstone & Spa), with their long straights we struggled a bit but still managed to score good points and extend the gap to them, now Brands & Donington should suit the Ginettas so we’ll be going head to head which I can’t wait for!”

A 2 hour race awaits the British GT contenders around one of the most popular circuits in the UK and with big points up for grabs as the championship battle heats up!

The race will be shown live on the British GT Facebook page from 14:00 on Sunday, or Live on Front Runner TV on Sky 468 & Freeview 92.

Pittard & Reed score win at British GT Spa!

Championship leaders going to Belgium David Pittard & BRDC Rising Star Alex Reed scored a win and 5th place at the British GT overseas round at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps after an up and down weekend!

Going into Spa after a tricky result at Silverstone due to the Balance of Performance, Pittard & Reed were confident that they could continue their run of pace and consistency that has seen them top the championship twice this year already.

With Friday playing host to Practice and Qualifying, the Lanan Racing pair struggled with pace over the long Spa lap all day, with Alex qualifying the car a creditable 4th for Race 1 but with David qualifying the car a lowly 9th meaning in the race they both had work to do!

“The car felt good, the lap felt good, but I just didn’t have the pace. I wasn’t too worried about the McLarens & Astons as their straight line advantage really helps them, however I was concerned about the pace difference we had to the other Ginettas. I really worked hard on Friday night to work out where more time could be gained ready for race day”

With the pairing being a Silver-Silver Semi Pro line up, they’d have to serve an additional 14 extra seconds in the pits to balance the pairing against the other Pro-AM pairings in the field.

Alex made a good start to jump to 3rd, before being out dragged by 2 powerful Aston Martins into the Le Combe chicane after the long Kemmel straight but settled in behind the Astons before the first safety car of the race, again Alex got a great restart before ½ a lap later the Safety car was again deployed for another accident, which was deployed up until the pit window was open 25mins in. With everyone pitting it made the pitlane very busy and with the Pro-AM driver pairings serving less time in the pits and while backed up behind the safety car they would have a large advantage. Lanan tried to negate this advantage by leaving Alex out for 1 lap after the safety car which proved to work as in all the mayhem which is the pit window the #51 car immerged still in 5th place with David now at the wheel.

David immediately set the fastest lap of the race chasing down the top 3 and benefited from the #501 McLaren being wiped out by a GT3 car and the #56 McLaren having another puncture leaving him 3rd. An almighty battle raged between the #51 and #55 Ginettas swapping places multiple times while catching the #100 McLaren who was suffering from tyre degradation. It all came down the last corner on the last lap when the #55 out braked themselves meaning they cut the chicane which hindered them allowing David to out drag the #55 car to the line to take the GT4 win and full championship points!

“I was buzzing after that win! It was seriously close between me and Stuart Middleton. There was a small amount of contact but it was hard and fair racing of which I’m really pleased to have come out on top!”

With the high rate of attrition in Race 1, David already made 2 places before the start of the race meaning he would line up 7th. A good start meant he held position off the start and to the end of the Kemmel straight before a lot of accident avoiding took place which re shuffled the order where David benefitted from the carnage to come out 5th. Another hard fought stint saw David finish his stint P4 before pitting at the earliest possible time to get him out the traffic. With additional pit stop time, the Lanan car dropped back to P11, but with Alex Reed bolted in and with fresh tyres, he wasted little time to drive upto the back of the battling GT4 pack over P2. A knock from a GT3 car haulted Reed’s charge resulting in a spin which lost him time, however a determined drive saw him make up the lost time and more to pass 2 cars on the final lap to finish P5, a great damage limitation exercise.

Overall the weekend was a success, however due to the contact in Race 2, the Lanan pairing now trail the championship lead by 2.5 points with everything to play for at Brands Hatch GP 2hrs next time out on August 5/6.

Pittard and Reed win on debut to take British GT4 Championship Lead

David Pittard & Alex Reed got their bid for the 2017 British GT Championship off to a fantastic start by taking the championship lead after rounds 1&2 at the Oulton Park circuit (15-17 April).

David and Alex’s first partnership together was a very successful one with the Lanan Racing car being at a sharp end of the grid all weekend in both wet and dry conditions.

Rounds 1&2 of the British GT championship weekend consists of Free Practice 1 (FP1), FP2, Am Quali, Pro Quali, Warm Up, Race 1 (60mins) & Race 2 (60mins) at the picturesque and undulating Oulton Park circuit in Cheshire, North West England.

Having qualified good & bad, see previous article, a damp Easter Monday greeted all drivers for Round 1 of the championship, with the Red & White, Formula Life Magazine, VBOX Motorsport Ginetta G55 starting at the very back of the grid, P16 in class.

With newly appointed BRDC Rising star Alex Reed, starting Race 1, he steadily picked off his rivals in the tresherous spray to join an almighty scrap of 4 cars for 5th place. With all 4 cars being bottled up behind one another, each car chose to pit straight away opening up the road to Alex to put in some quick lap times and leapfrog 3 of the 4 cars directly ahead, so that when David jumped in the car P6. David chased down the McMillan Aston Martin Vantage GT4 car on a damp and drying track, but wasn’t able to make a move past the #42 car. After the race, the Lanan duo were further promoted to P5 after an exclusion.

“The race went to plan. We stayed out of trouble at the start, used our Silver-Silver driver partnership to our advantage during the pitstop window meaning Alex could put in some fast laps while the track was clear to leapfrog some of our competition, a great call from the Lanan team, and I bought the car home P6 then to be P5. I was frustrated I couldn’t pass the Aston but it was good points to start the championship!”

With David qualifying the Ginetta G55 P3 in GT4 Pro qualifying in a “works driver” sandwich, being surrounded by Ginetta works driver Mike Simpson, the factory backed Garage 59 McLaren, & the Factory supported Nissan 370s all surrounding the 25year old on the grid on his return to full time racing!

“The start was crazy! 3 cars into 1 didn’t go at Old Hall, of which I managed to avoid and come out P2. I dropped a few places on lap 2 and stayed in a train behind the damaged Ginetta of Mike Simpson, which was always going to end in fireworks! Of which it did and I gained 2 positions, but dropped behind the Track-Club Mclaren. I knew they had a pitstop penalty as they won race 1, and I knew the Nissan’s other driver wasn’t as quick as Alex so didn’t need to take too many risks and held station until the pitstops”

Another fantastic call from the Lanan team saw David pit from behind the McLaren and install fellow FIA graded silver driver Alex, who jumped the Mclaren in the pitstops and swiftly passed the Nissan on track!

After a late race safety car, the race ended early with Lanan Racing on top in the GT4 class! A fantastic start to the year! Combining the win with their 5th place from Race 1, the Lanan Racing duo leave Oulton Park with the championship lead!

“A huge thanks to Formula Life & VBOX Motorsport for getting me back in the seat full time so that I can showcase what I can do on and off track! This year is going to be great!”

Round 3 of the 2017 British GT Championship will be held at Rockingham Motor Speedway on 29-30 April.

For more information on David Pittard and his racing activities, visit the official www.davidpittard.co.uk website, ‘like’ his Facebook page or follow @david_pittard on Twitter.

 

#PitPix Social Media Photo competition!

Want to get recognised and WIN a signed & framed photo of your favourite Lanan Racing driver?

Course you do, and here’s your chance! The #PitPix photo competition is your chance to WIN a signed & framed copy of your own photo by Lanan Racing GT drivers DAVID PITTARD, ALEX REED & F3 drivers TOBY SOWERY & AARON DICOMBERTI

All you need to do is upload your best photos to social media (FB, Twitter, Instagram), use the hash tag #PitPix, your best photo of one or more of the Lanan Racing drivers over each of the 7 British GT & British F3 race meetings, between the set times to be in with a chance to win! So get your artistic side out and tweet in your best camera snaps! Good Luck!

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  1. Entrants must enter competition via the mechanic stated in point 3 to enter the prize draw.
  2. Information on how to enter forms part of these conditions of entry. Participation in this competition constitutes acceptance of these conditions of entry.
    3. To enter, entrants must:

-Follow @David_Pittard on Twitter & Instagram, like David Pittard Motorsport
-Post an image featuring one or more of the 3 Lanan race cars (in the BGT, & F3), drivers or trucks on Twitter, including a mention of #PitPix in the tweet
-David Pittard,& Lanan Racing accepts no responsibility for late, incomplete, incorrectly submitted, corrupted or misdirected entries, claims or correspondence whether due to error, omission, alteration, tampering, deletion, theft, destruction, transmission interruption, communications failure or otherwise.

  1. The competition begins at FP1 until the final race of the weekend.
    5. All images entered will be viewed and judged. The winner will be notified via a direct message on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook the next Tuesday after the 2017 British GT Meeting. Judges decision will be final.
    6. If the winner does not respond to the Promoter via the email address specified in the message, setting out their contact details and address within 3 days, the Promoter has the right to pick another winner from all valid entries.
    7. David Pittard will send out the prize, 7 days after the preceding BGT race meeting. The prize available is a printed, framed and signed image of the Lanan driver/drivers featured in the winning image.
    9.To obtain details of the winner please email dav30@hotmail.com stating the name of the prize draw in the subject heading.
    10. The entrants will surrender any copy writes to the image apon entry and image maybe used for promotion by promoters
    11. The promoters will not take any liability if the prize is lost or damaged upon receipt.
    12.The Promoter is David Pittard, 35 Sollershott East, Letchworth, Herts, SG6 3JN

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Lanan, Reed and Pittard set for British GT4 with Ginetta.

Bedfordshire based Lanan Racing, have signed young gun Silver pairing Alex Reed (www.alexreedracing.com), 20 Sussex and David Pittard (www.davidpittard.co.uk), 25 Hertfordshire for the 2017 British GT championship with their new Ginetta G55 GT4 car.

Lanan Racing, headed up by Graham Johnson, have a rich heritage in single seaters having won the F3 Cup & British F4 titles in 2013 & 2014, ventured into the British GT championship for the first time in 2016 and picked up a win at Spa.

 The young pairing have a wealth of success between them, with Reed winning 2 rounds, setting 3 lap records and 7 podiums in 2015, and picking up a podium at Rockingham, pole position at Snetterton and a win at Spa in 2016.

Pittard, who has been out of full time racing for the past 2 years, has a wealth of experience and success in the Ginetta GT4 Supercup having piloted his KX Akademy supported car to multiple wins, podiums and vice championship honours in 2014. Prior to that David won the British Endurance Championship aboard a Porsche Carrera Cup car in 2012.

“I’m very excited to be partnering Alex Reed, Motorsport News’ GT4 2016 driver of the year. I’m equally excited to join Lanan Racing with their pedigree in single seaters & prototypes, their impressive debut season in GT’s with the Ginetta underlines their engineering and development skills.” Said David.

“Having to replace Joey was always going to be a tough task, but after a variety of discussions with a number of drivers, I felt Dave & Alex would be an awesome pairing in what is becoming the Championship to be in for GT drivers” said Graham Johnson, Team Principle.

This partnership wouldn’t have been possible without Lifeline Fire Safety, and Formula Life Magazine.

Follow updates from Lanan by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @LananRacing or www.lananracing.com

David announced as Want2Race Head Judge

David Pittard has been announced as Head want2race judge alongside BTCC race winner Paul O’Neil, for the 2015 want2race competition!

Running alongside the Ginetta Junior Scholarship on a separate Bedford Autodrome circuit configuration will be want2race. Now in its third year, it has seen over 1,000 new drivers pass through the doors of its Ginetta racing competition and race car experience.

Competitors are no stranger to success either, with 2012 winner Rob Keogh winning the 2015 GRDC+ championship, and the previous two winners racing to a top ten finish in their debut outing, as part of the w2r prize package.

Having whittled down hundreds of entrants to just 100, the finalists gather to be tested by motorsport’s finest, including BTCC star Paul O’Neil, 2015 Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup champion Tom Oliphant and 2015 Ginetta GT5 Challenge Champion James Kellet.

After a number of driving sessions as well as a formal media interview, the want2race judging panel will pick one winner to receive a fully funded season in the 2016 Ginetta Racing Drivers Club, which includes car hire, entry fees, fuel, insurance, race wear, helmet, gloves, HANS device, driver tuition and technical support.

Competitive Return for Pittard at Silverstone!

David Pittard showed his class and talent to jump in and replace GT Academy driver Jose Gerard-Policarpio, in an 11th hour deal to race at the home of British Motorsport, Silverstone, in the Ginetta GT4 Supercup championship supporting the British Touring Car Championship.

A brand new car, prepared by works team, Team LNT, awaited David as he arrived at the 1.64 mile National configuration, meaning that FP1 was lost to running the car in preparing it for race weekend, therefore the real work would start in FP2. However, FP2 was plagued with Red flags meaning only small progress was made tuning the set up to it’s optimum.

“It was a shame to start on the backfoot, however due to the last minute nature of the drive it was a case of testing as efficiently as possible maximising our track time. I’m pleased with how I worked with the team and my engineer Nigel Parker from Ginetta to get the set up as close as we did in the short amount of time going into qualifying”

With the setup still to be confirmed going into qualifying, David drove around the under steer issue that hurt him through the lap to qualify P8.

“Admittedly I was disappointed with P8, as I was hoping to be top 6, which my best sectors would have put me, so I didn’t quite hook the lap up, with another setup change tried in qualifying the car was getting closer and closer so I knew I could race forward”

Starting P8 on the inside for Race 1, David was left with nowhere to go as a slow starting driver chopped across his nose and David lost ground dropping to 11th exiting Maggots, ever the optimist, David finely dived down the inside of Callum Pointon and Carl Boardley in one move in front of the BRDC clubhouse into Brooklands to gain back 9th. After an incident, David jumped to 7th before David disposed of former Clio Cup champion Stefan Hodgetts to take 6th and hold the position to the flag”

“The start was a shame as I got pinched up against the pit wall and had to back out. It meant I lost the run through Copse and Maggots and I dropped down. I saw a G55 wide gap into Brooklands and sent it in to gain 2 positions which I’m pleased with. The pace of the car got better and better throughout the race which meant we were strong at the end but I’d lost ground to do anything with it by then, which was a shame”

Starting from his Race 1 finishing position, David was again swamped at the start as David dropped to P8. David quickly regrouped to make a number of decisive overtaking manoeuvres into Copse to pass Reese Somerfield, Race 1 sparing partner Stefan Hodgetts and eventually outwitted former BTCC driver Ollie Jackson to get the cut back exiting Copse giving David the inside line for Maggots, entertaining the crowd to bring the Team LNT car home 5th place within 1.5 tenths of the fastest lap, to wrap up a successful weekend.

“I’m very frustrated with my start, the car wasn’t perfect but I had the pace to challenge for top 3. I’m pleased with my race craft to come back to 5th after dropping back early on… My standing starts must be a bit rusty as its been very close to a year since I’ve done one! It was great to be racey and going forward in the races, again the set up came to us and I set the fastest lap on my final lap with the quickest final sector showing we still had pace to come from the car. Team LNT did a great job over the weekend, and I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity they gave me to get back out on the grid!”

Disappointed not to have been challenging for the podium, David feels he’s learned a lot working with the Ginetta works team;

“This weekend was a chance to allow me to practice developing a cars set up from scratch, and I proved I was able to do so. From being over 1.5secs off in FP1 to be within a tenth of the fastest drivers in the championship in Race 2 was a good achievement, and this will help me as I move towards Pro-Am racing, developing a set up in the shortest time possible to maximise the Am drivers track time!”

Super-Sub Pittard returns to Silverstone Supercup!

British Racing Drivers Club “Rising Star” David Pittard is set to return to the Ginetta GT4 Supercup supporting the British Touring Car Championship at his “home” race at Silverstone this weekend driving for works back Team LNT run by Ginetta Founding Chairman Lawrence Tomlinson.

A deal which was struck at 18:15 the Thursday before the race meeting, see’s David, the 2014 Ginetta GT4 Supercup Vice Champion, step in for an absent driver at the circuit where he took a perfect weekend in 2014 scoring maximum points as he closed the gap to the championship top 2!

David approaches this weekend with a completely different mindset, having been out of a full time campaign in 2015 due to a late pull out of sponsors early in the year, meaning he has nothing to loose when getting involved at the front!

“This will be my 2nd Ginetta factory supported drive of the year, as I drove for the Ginetta USA team back in June. I’m very thankful to Team LNT for the opportunity to get back on the BTCC package, especially at the home of the British Racing Drivers Club.

I will approach this weekend with an open mind. I’ve driven a G55 only 3 times since I was here last year where we had an amazing weekend, there have been a number of car changes that I will need to get use to as well as the LNT team. I hope I’m able to hook it up for qualifying to give myself the best shot of mixing it amongst the championship regulars!”

Qualifying 12:05 and Round 23 17:05 will take place on Saturday 26/09/15…

While….

Round 24 of the 2015 Ginetta GT4 Supercup will be shown LIVE on ITV4 on Sunday 27/09/15.

David Pittard: BRDC Rising Star, Comet Sports Personality of the year, Ginetta GT Supercup 2014 Vice Champion

Sponsored by: Jelf Insurance, Saxon Gate Motors Centre Sandy, Elemental Cars and Bailey’s Travel.

 

For further information on the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) and the ‘Rising Stars’ programme visit www.brdc.co.uk/Rising-Stars |

Details on the Ginetta Supercup can be found here: www.ginetta.com/championship_supercup |

Details on the British Touring Car Championship: www.btcc.net |