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Promising Pace but no reward for Pittard & Walkenhorst finishing 2018

A dream team was put together to finish the 2018 VLN season with a big bang, however factors out of the Walkenhorst team & drivers hands played a part in a DNF in the 4hour race in which the #34 Snow White car was on for a class win and top 4 overall.

The weekend was set to be a good one with David being partnered with regular Bronze driver Rudi Adams, in David’s words “Probably the fastest Bronze driver on the VLN grid” as well as Walkenhorst driver & Spa24hr winner Christian Krognes to create a very competitive Pro-Am car, a 3rd BMW M6 GT3 car for Walkenhorst with a special SRO Intercontinental GT Championship livery announcing the teams intention to run a car in this worldwide championship for 2019.

The weekend started very well with the Walkenhorst team making a great call to send Christian on his qualifying lap with a Code-60 at the end of the lap with the hope of it clearing before he got there. It did, and with very little other traffic on the track due to this, Christian set a new Qualifying lap record of a 7:52.5, to beat his own previous record by just under 1sec.

Christian would start the race, holding P4 before the stops after being shuffled down the order in the opening laps. A short first stint and early pitstop got the Walkenhorst car out of traffic and with David installed into the car exited P2. At the end of his first lap David dropped 1 position to P3 and worked with Luca Stolz in the Black Falcon Mercedes to close the gap to the P1 HTP Mercedes of Maxi Gotz over the 1hour stint, while gapping the rest of the field significantly. David would hand over the Rudi Adams before a long stint to the end with Christian back at the wheel.

Unfortunatly on lap2 of Rudi’s stint a warning message displayed on the dash, forcing him to pit to check the warning with the team, before further investigation lead to the car being retired.

“It was a huge shame to have had this retirement. We had such a strong crew assembled for the race and Christian and I had put Rudi in a very competitive position for his stint, of which I’m sure he would have continued our strong pace. However it wasn’t meant to be and we had to retire the car. I am pleased with my pace throughout the race, and even though I dropped 1 position, I was able to hold onto the top 3 and pull away from many cars behind”

VLN9 closed off a big year in David’s career, proving his ability against some of the best GT drivers in the world, on the toughest track in the world.

“It was a great decision to come out here and I’m so greatful to have seized the opportunity, I am even more thankful to have even been given the opportunity, so a huge thanks to everyone who has supported me and helped me get to this point behind the scenes!”

Final battle in Hell for victory in 2018 for Pittard

  1. October 20 marks the 9th and final round of the VLN season at the Nurburgring Nordschlife for 2018.

After an amazing debut season on the legendary Nordschlife picking up pole postion, fastest lap and running with some of the best GT drivers in the world, aspiring Professional GT driver David Pittard is looking to sign off with a win in the SP9 class!

For VLN9 Pittard will be in the SP9 Pro-Am class paired with Blancpain Spa24hr winner with Walkenhorst, Christian Krognes and regular co-driver Rudi Adams. A very competitive combination for both overall and Pro-Am honours!

“Its going to be great to be paired with Christian especially. Now that I’m fully upto speed with the car and track, he will be a great benchmark for me to learn from as a very experiened hand around the Nordschlife. I believe Rudi to be the quickest Bronze driver on the VLN grid, so together we have a very strong chance! I can’t wait! We will be in a 3rd #34 BMW M6 GT3 for the weekend and hope to take it to some very competitive competition again! This is why I love the VLN, the entry list looks like the who’s who of GT racing!”

Raceday starts at 08:30 CET with qualifying for 90mins. Live German coverage starts at 08:15 here, before the 4hour race starts at Midday until 16:00. Live English coverage from 11:15 can be seen on the VLN’s YouTube channel here

 

 

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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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Mechanical drama haults Pittard’s Nordschlife Charge!

VLN8 was another case of what could have been for David Pittard after showing his continued impressive form!

Paired back with Rudi Adams and Andreas Zigler, Pittard looked to continue his run of great form in a GT3 car around the Nurburgring Nordschlife with Walkenhorst Motorsport and their BMW M6 GT3 car.

Beautiful warm weather greeted the 450+ drivers for the weekend at the beginning of October, as practice took place on an amazing Autum evening. The team tried various set up changes during testing to combat the handleing issues that the car has had for the past 2 meetings and found a better balance that should look after the tyres better over a stint.

A damp morning greeted the drivers after overnight dew settled on the circuit making it a very tricky qualifying session, with most drivers best laps being set with a Code60 slow zone. Even with these conditions David managed to qualify the #36 Total M6 GT3 in 3rd overall and 1st in the Pro-Am class, a fantastic start to the day.

With Zigler taking the start, the car slipped outside the top 12 and over 60secs down on the leaders before David jumped in. David set off to regain the time lost and in 2 laps had caught and passed the #5 Phoniex Audi R8 before 1/2  lap later a rear steering arm failed, meaning an unscheduled pitstop to replace the part. The Walkenhorst team did a great job to replace the part only dropping 1 lap, however any chance of a good result was off the cards. Afterwards David duly set the fastest stint time for the time he was on track, again showing his pace and consistency around the Nordschlife with the M6 GT3 car.

David would hand the #36 car over to Adams to finish, who put in a solid final stint to bring the car back to P11 overall.

“Apart from the end result, again I’m very pleased with my performance. I’ve improved again after making a few mistakes with the tyres in the past few meetings, to run fastest of everyone on track showing what could have been. When everything comes together we will have a great result. I have proved I have all the elements to be fast at the Nordschlife, just not all in the same race, when it clicks it will be great!”

“This weekend sets the scene for 2019” Big weekend ahead for Pittard at the Nurbrugring

David Pittard will return to the Nurburgring for VLN8 this weekend in October (The same weekend as in 2017 where he wasn’t driving), to face the 2019 competition!

With the 2018 European season coming to an end, both Audi and Aston Martin will debut their 2019 GT3 cars at VLN8 with a host of other manufacturer drivers making it a big weekend for David as he looks to continue his recent run of incredible form at the world’s most challenging race circuit.

Walkenhorst motorsport will be trying for their 3rd pole position in a row having topped the times previously at VLN6 & VLN7 with both Total and Playstation supported cars.

Having already proved his pace, ability and consistency against Porsche who debuted their 2019 911 GT3 R at the previous 2 VLN races at the hands of works drivers, David will continue to push against the 2 new manufactures and their works talent back at the Ring.

“It’s great to see such a healthy SP9 entry list. Now that there are less clashes with other European championships, the drivers and teams are back at the Ring starting their preparations for 2019, including the 2019 Nurburgring 24hrs. While they have been away I have been pushing hard to learn the circuit and I have had some great results, so I hope to continue that run of form against them this weekend as well!”

Raceday starts at 08:30 CET with qualifying for 90mins. Live German coverage starts at 08:15 here, before the 4hour race starts at Midday until 16:00. Live English coverage from 11:15 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.

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.

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.

 

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!” 

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.

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.

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.