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Pittard ready to tackle the Green Hell with Walkenhorst M6 GT3

26 year old David Pittard has signed with Walkenhorst Motorsport to pilot the Total Lubricants BMW M6 GT3 for the remaining 5 VLN races for 2018 as part of a 3year plan to compete in the VLN.

The Autoglym, XPEL, VBOX brand ambassador follows his success in Ginetta GT4 Supercup and British GT championships with a career changing opportunity to race at the 14 mile long world famous Nurburgring Nordschlife in Germany.

After discussions with, among others Andy Wolfe and Graham Wilson, with whom David had raced very successfully in Historics during 2017, David decided to go for the big step of both GT3 and The Green Hell of the Nurburgring Nordschleife! David acknowledged: “With the help of Graham’s law firm in Luxembourg I was able to make the contacts necessary to get me on track.”

Having completed the Nordschlife A Permit at VLN3, with Walkenhorst with a P4 in class in the highly competitive Cup5 BMW M235i Racing Cup, David now looks to this huge opportunity in his career to compete against factory supported teams and drivers.

“This is my big opportunity in my career. I’m ready to sink or swim. I’ve always won in anything I’ve driven straight away, never needing time to learn. I’m not under the impression I will do that here as quick as previous championship, but I believe I have the ability to mix with respected factory drivers and work with factory engineers. I can’t thank the people behind this opportunity that are helping make it happen, and am determined to repay their faith”

VLN4 kicks off 07/07 with a 4 hour race, David will be sharing with Walkenhorst regular young guns Alex Lambertz & Immanuel Vinke who combined have great knowledge of the M6 GT3 in The Blancpain Endurance Series and racing VLN on the Nordschlife.

“The whole team is excited with this combination. The team has many year experience competing at the Ring, the car is a proven winner around the Nordschlife, and we have 3 hungry young drivers all wanting a shot at the big boys.
I’m only here for professional & factory contracts which is at the end of our 3 year plan. If that happens sooner, then great!”

For more information on:
Veranstaltergemeinschaft Langstreckenpokal Nürburgring (VLN) Championship- vln.de
Walkenhorst Motorsport – walkenhorst-motorsport.de
Walkenhorst Group – walkenhorst-gruppe.de
Total Racing – totalspecialties.com
BMW Motorsport M6 GT3 – bmw-motorsport.com/en/topics/season-2018/fahrzeuge/bmw-m6-gt3.html

W2R Motorsport enjoy success in opening championship rounds!

W2R Motorsport have enjoyed multiple success’ in the opening rounds of the Ginetta GT5, G40 Cup & GRDC championships in 2018.

W2R Drivers Adrian Cambell-Smith, Rob Keogh, Jimmy Thomson, Jack Oliphant, Paul Oliphant, Want2Race winner James Crawshaw & Want2Race runner up Stephen Docker have all tasted the champagne this season!

Cambell-Smith continues his multi-year duel with rival Richard Evans in the GT5 Challenge Championship, notching up multiple class wins!
Keogh, Oliphant X2, Thomson have all notched up podiums at every round so far in the championship with Keogh and Oliphant Jnr firmly in the hunt for the G40 Cup title!
Crawshaw and Docker continue their duel from the Want2Race competition from which they were winner and runner up in the 2017 comp have locked out the top 2 positions in every race so far this season! Solidifying the choices that David and W2R team manager picked the best drivers in the competition for the final!

David, an ARDS A driver coach of 7years has been present and almost every test and race meeting the team have taken part in, coaching both, in car, using data to extract the most amount of speed from the drivers and turn that speed into trophies!

“It’s a pleasure to work with Ben and W2R Motorsport, he does things properly and has built a great team and working environment all focused on fun and going fast! I’m looking forward to the final few rounds of the championship ahead to see the drivers develop even more!”

Wilson & Pittard make history as overall FIA Historic Sportscar winners at legendary Imola!

Luxemborg racer Graham Wilson and British co-driver David Pittard made history at the legendary Imola circuit last weekend by winning the FIA Historic Sportscar race overall in Wilson’s slower Bonnier class Chevron B8, a feat that has never been achieved before.

Wilson’s Chevron is by no means a slow car, however the 220bhp car is no match for the 600bhp+ Lola T70 monsters that share the grid, abet racing in a separate class, especially at a fast circuit like Imola!

Wilson started the weekend quickly re acquainting himself with the Chevron and learning the new circuit, guided by ARDS A driver coach David, and aided by the VBOX HD2 system installed into Wilson’s Chevron.

“Imola is a fantastic circuit, steeped in history, for good and bad, but a proper old school classic circuit, and in April it was nice to have to 20degree plus heat! The Bonnier class was well supported this year with both new cars and old cars coming out to race which made the weekend great! Graham drove fantastic in qualifying, probably the best I have seen him drive ever and his time was good enough for P2 in class which made us strong for the race!”

David put the Chevron on pole in class and 6th overall on the first FIA Historic Sportscar grid of the year to contest the 60min race. Wilson would start the race and would hold the class lead for the majority of his 30min stint, only loosing the lead after a small off track excursion before regaining the lead a lap later just as the safety car would be deployed.

Graham handed over to David in class lead, so David kept up his blistering pace from qualifying to chase down the cars ahead for overall position. In a messy 2nd ½ of the race, David mainly avoided accidents to slowly climb the overall order eventually finishing P2 overall and P1 in class! An already awesome achievement!

“Graham drove a great 1st stint and carried on his fantastic pace from qualifying. Just 1 small mistake but he put that right very quickly. In my stint it was chaos, you could tell it was everyones 1st race back in a while, with lots of mistakes! So I kept my nose clean and picked up the pieces to bring it home for a fantastic result to start the year with!”

Later in the evening, it was announced that the overall winners had been excluded from the results, promoting the Wilson/Pittard pairing to the overall win! Something that hasn’t been achieved before!

This was the pairings only confirmed outing of the 2018 so far. Watch this space for further developments!

Pittard forced out of British GT return!

David Pittard will not return to the British GT championship this year due to lack of time to confirm sponsorship funding for the 2018 Season.

“It’s with a heavy heart that I must make this announcement, however when you are at the mercy of other people and their commitments and priorities there is little more I could do.

I would like to thank everyone that supported me during our crowd funding campaign, however there was too big gap to bridge in the short amount of time that we had.

I also want to thank Nathan from Century for all the help and support that he’s given over the winter to try and put this deal together, we came so close! I wish him all the best for the year ahead and look forward to seeing how the M4s run this year in British GT”

David will compete at the opening round of the FIA Historic Sportscar championship at Imola in 3weeks time with 2017 co-driver and car owner Graham Wilson.

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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!

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!”

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!

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!

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.

Drama for Wilson Pittard Combo at the Ring

“A nightmare weekend is the best way to describe the Old Timer weekend!” – David Pittard.

With high hopes of continuing their run of successes in Graham Wilson’s Lotus Elan 26R & Chevron B8, it couldn’t have quite gone more wrong over the Nurburgring weekend!

The weekend started with an accident for the Chevron meaning some practice time was lost due to the repair putting the team slightly on the back foot going into Qualifying. Elan practice & Qualifying went well in the Elan with Graham and David securing class pole position and 3rd overall only to be out qualified by 2 AC Cobras.

In a damp Sportscar qualifying which had to be used as a shakedown session for the repaired Chevron, David secured P5 overall and 1st in class, the ideal start needed to the race!

A very early and slightly damp start on Sunday for the Gent Drivers race saw David initially loose a position on the long drag into turn 1 but by lap 2 was able to retake 3rd and then start to hustle 2nd place through the damper sections of the track where the lighter and more nimble Elan had the edge over the more powerful and lumbersome Cobras! A brief spell in P2 didn’t last more than 5 laps as the track dried the pendulum swayed back towards the bigger engine cars meaning David would drop back to P4 before handing over to team mate Wilson.

Wilson, took over and withstood pressure from fellow Elan racer Mark Martin, before a small spin at a damp turn 1 dropped him to 3rd in class with only 5mins remaining, where the team would finish to pick up another podium!

At the start of the Sportscar race David was deemed to be out of position, before challenging for P2 going into the tight Turn 1 on the Nurburgring Grand Prix circuit, therefore on lap 3 he was given a drive through penalty for the infringement, shortly before the penalty a bizzard incident occurred where the seat mounts broke meaning David was sliding around in the car! After regarding as much lost time as possible, David handed over to Graham before an overheating issue dropped the #13 car off the lead lap as Wilson pitted to check the radiator after the accident on Thursday.

Overall a tough weekend, which will make both championships harder going into the final 3 rounds of the 2017 Masters Historic Series!