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VLN 2019 “BoP-Gate”

The hot topic on everyone’s lips in the VLN at the moment is the 5% reduction in power to the GT3 cars which comes within 3weeks from the beginning of the VLN season. A very controversial subject which teams and drivers have all been very outspoken about. Most notably Audi driver Chris Mies stated on twitter that he would have to consider racing in the VLN again due to this most recent set back for the GT3 cars. The main reason being that the GT3 cars would then be a very similar speed to the GT4 cars, Cayman Cup3 cars, and even slower than the SP7 (modified Porsche Carrera Cup cars) and the Cup2 Porsche Carrera Cup cars would be even faster than the GT3 SP9 cars in a straight line, due to the power and drag that the SP9 cars create from their levels of aerodynamics.

Another issue rising from this announcement is the timing, only 2 weeks before the official VLN test day, and 3weeks before the season opener at VLN1. Team Wochenspiegel and their 2 Ferrari 488 GT3 cars will not race in the VLN until the BoP is adjusted to their preferences as well as long term entrants Frikadelli Racing will not compete beyond the N24hrs for the remainder of the VLN season. Their reasoning is very similar to what Chris Mies mentions about the SP9 cars will be driven past by the cars in the classes mentioned above therefore meaning the SP9 cars will have to re overtake these cars after the straight meaning there is more risk of accidents. Along with this issue, they are upset with the DMSB for releasing this rule change so close to the start of the season when the teams have already committed to the first 3 VLN races, N24hr Quali race and N24hr. They say that “had the announcement been made in November” they could have at least considered entering the races, however this late change leaves them committed to entering races where they now don’t agree to the technical regulations.

Firstly I really hope that there can be some agreement between the DMSB, Team Wochenspiegel and Frikadelli as it would be a great shame to loose upto 4 cars that have become VLN regulars and add to the variety of manufactures on the VLN grid.

Secondly, I can see where the DMSB and FIA are coming from. With a large amount of resurfacing work happening over the winter of 2018/2019, the new tarmac will most likely mean a reduction in laptimes further and closer to the 7:49.999 barrier which my team mate Christian Krognes got closer to at VLN9 Qualifying in 2018 completing the VLN layout in the Walkenhorst BMW M6 GT3 in 7:52.578. The most challenging race track in the world will become more challenging as drivers push their new machines harder and faster and with the old school nature of the circuit, the risk of an accident will naturally increase for all cars and drivers.

So, by reducing the power of the fastest car classes, it will stop the headline classes being as fast. However by reducing the power of just 1 class, only reduces the risk of (an average) of 25cars in the SP9 class. However all the other car classes are still going faster and therefore increasing their risk, and then add in more overtaking due to the lower class cars now overtaking SP9 cars, surely the risk goes up even more for the remaining 125 cars in the VLN races….?
Therefore I can see the point from Chris Mies that by reducing the power for all car classes should be considered.

The 2 drivers from the teams that are threatening to quit the VLN can be described as Amateur or Gentlemen drivers with much experience that allows them to compete in the top VLN classes. These drivers are more likely to rely on the power of the SP9 cars to pass the lower class cars that have a faster terminal speed than the SP9 cars. Therefore this rule change is more likely to affect these drivers and the Pro/AM and AM class cars rather than the PRO class cars who should find it easier to pass these lower cars in the corners than the Gentlemen drivers.
GT racing is mainly built on Gentlemen drivers and therefore needs to keep these drivers happy otherwise the sport loses fundamental supporters of the whole industry.

My personal view is that the decision and announcement could have been made sooner. Christian did the 7:52 qualifying lap record in October last year, and at this late stage in the pre-season, to suddenly “move the goal posts” will upset some people. A power reduction maybe the simplest way to reduce the speed evenly, where other options like ride height, and ballast can affect all cars in different ways meaning within the SP9 class some manufactures might be affected more than others.
I have been out dragged and slip streamed Carrera Cup cars, CUP7 cars and GT4 cars, but only really on the Döttinger Höhe. Other big straights on the circuit on the GP circuit, towards Schwedenkreuz, the Fuchsrohre, and from Bergwerk to the Karussell. It has been difficult to “power” past these cars, however the superior braking and aerodynamics of the BMW M6 GT3 have allowed me to pass these cars in the braking zones, through the corners and on the exit of the corners. So it will only be on the Döttinger Höhe where the SP9 cars will be passed. The riskiest part of the track will then be because after that we are onto the GP circuit which is the safest part of the circuit to overtake. So for me I am not too fussed by this rule change.

When you watch the VLN live stream, you regularly see the Cup3 Caymans, TCR and GT4 cars battling for position slipstreaming each other. As they are fighting for their own class honours rather than against each other, and even though their lap times are very similar, there is respectable driving and to my mind I haven’t seen 2 different types of class car make contact and affect each other’s races due to the slipstream on the Döttinger Höhe straight.

As long as the SP9 class manufactures are all as even as they have been after the 5% power reduction, it will make little difference to my race. Yes it is nice to have the fast times, however as long as it provides close and competitive racing, I do not mind and am still looking forward to the VLN season as much as ever!

If you are at the VLN and N24hrs this year, please make sure to come to the Walkenhorst garage, see the car, take some photos and say hi! And post your Walkenhorst photos to the VLN Fanpage and social media!

Please leave your comments below on your thoughts on the technical rule change and what you think to my thoughts, I’d love to know!

Pittard signs 2 Year deal with Walkenhorst Motorsport and BMW

Having burst onto the European GT3 Scene in 2018, after claiming pole position at the infamous Nurburgring Nordschlife, in only his third outing in a GT3 car, David Pittard has signed a new, two year, deal with Walkenhorst Motorsport, a leading BMW Motorsport customer team. Walkenhorst are a top contender in GT3 racing, having won the Spa24Hours in 2018 with one of their BMW M6 GT3 cars. The extended contract engages Pittard for the full 2019 VLN season at the Nurburgring, the Nurburgring 24hrs and the Blancpain Endurance Spa24hrs, in a Pro line up, with a similar schedule for 2020.

After visits to both Walkenhorst Motorsport headquarters at Melle German and BMW Motorsport in Munich, an agreement was quickly reached to provide for working together in the long and short term for these major events driving a BMW M6 GT3 car.

“This will be the first time in my career when I am returning to the same level of competition in a championship. In the past I have always been competitive in new environments, cars, teams, championships. So I am super confident and eager to perform with an established set-up of both team and car, building upon my introductory, partial season with Walkenhorst. With the continuity of both engineers and mechanics and back-room support I know we will hit the ground running from the very first lap in 2019. This will be a huge year for me, driving for one of the very best performance car manufacturers in the world in two of the biggest GT events anywhere!”

“Putting this deal together has taken a lot of hard work from many people including of course those at Walkenhorst and BMW. But there are many others and I can’t thank them enough. They can rest assured that this opportunity won’t go to waste! I look forward to hosting my partners and their guests at the mecca of motorsport in the Eifel mountains where we can share our success together!”

“The opportunity is absolutely amazing. A full season at the Nordschleife, plus arguably two of the biggest GT3 24hr anywhere. Two big races to challenge myself against the best GT drivers in the world! The BMW M6 GT3 and Walkenhorst Motorsport have proven themselves to be a very competitive team that looks only to become stronger as they build upon each and every success. I have absolutely no doubt that it’s the best place for me to be in terms of showing my potential, achieving competitive results and working closely with BMW. I feel honoured to be a part of it.”

The Veranstaltergemeinschaft Langstreckenpokal Nürburgring (VLN) Championship consists of 9 races (eight of four and one of six hours) all at the legendary Nurburgring. They uniquely combine the Grand Prix circuit and the Nordschleife to make the longest circuit in the world at 25km/lap and this, together with over 300m of elevation and the notoriously fickle Eifel weather, makes it the most challenging championship in the world. With up to 180+ cars entered from club racers to manufacturer supported “works” teams looking to prove themselves as the best, this is truly a race series like no other.

The N24hrs is regarded as the toughest 24hr race in the world. The largest car and driver differential with 150+ cars on the most challenging circuit in the world throughout the day and night! 

Also in David’s calendar is what has become notorious as the most competitive GT3 race in the world…. The Spa24hrs. The event, now in its 71st year, is the blue ribbon event of the Blancpain Endurance Series and part of the Intercontinental GT Challenge, a worldwide GT championship. In previous years the Spa24hrs has attracted the very best GT drivers and the most competitive cars, so that the top 30 in qualifying have been covered by as little as only one second. Walkenhorst, who won in 2018 by 10.4 seconds after 24 hours of racing, will be back in 2019, in their M6 GT3 car, to defend their title.

At the final VLN round of 2018, Melle based BMW Customer racing team Walkenhorst Motorsport announced that they would be representing BMW on a global scale by entering an M6 GT3 car into the Intercontinental GT Challenge, racing around the world at iconic circuits for races including the Spa24hrs, Bathurst 12hrs, Suzuka 10hrs, and Laguna Seca 8hrs.

The VLN season kicks off on 23rd March in preparation for the N24hrs 20-23 June, with the Spa24hrs on 27/28 July, and then the remaining half of the VLN season will conclude a busy 2019.

David will continue 2019 with support from Wilson Associates, Autoglym & VBOX Motorsport.

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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 endurance 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.

My 2018 top 6…. #1

Reviewing my 2018 season, I have written up my top 6 highlights of the season for all the cool things I’ve got upto! Make sure you visit back the previous 5 articles to read up on these highlights! Enjoy!

#1 – Pole Position at VLN6. My 3rd time in a GT3 car.

If you have been following my 2018 racing career, then this will come as no surprise to you. A defining moment for me, my season and my career, a performance that put me on the Sportscar racing map!

VLN4, my first run in a GT3 car, took place before the long summer gap! So I was raring to go for VLN5 the 6hr. However with an extra driver, I only got 1 very interrupted Nordschlife lap during qualifying and then in the race, my team mate crashed on his inlap to hand over to me. So I hadn’t really got much track time since my first GT3 race weekend, even though I felt I knew a lot of places I could improve, but I would have to wait a further 3 weeks until I could have another go at getting behind the wheel of a GT3 car and have a crack at achieving my aim of going sub 8mins!

During Friday practice, I felt like I was driving very well and felt super confortable with the car, while pushing my comfort zones in the places I knew where I could improve having had a long time to look through the data.

On Saturday morning I was given the “sacred” qualifying slot, the final 10mins, where the track is clearest and the flow of traffic is fastest! All the ingriedience for a fast lap, pressure on! Earlier in the session I completed my lap to qualify for the race on old tyres and even with a Code60 zone, achieved some fast sector times which, once on a lap with no slow zones, would have seen me go Sub8. This calmed me as I knew I just had to repeat what I had already done and the track would come to me!

As I was still new and relatively unknown to the team this was a bit of a risk for them, so Rudi our most experienced driver took new tyres and set his own PB to go sub8. I took his tyres, and went for it on my first lap. I had Rudi’s time on my dash and tried to ignore it as much as possible, and drive my own lap, but when I encountered traffic I couldn’t help but glance to see what I would need to make up! I had managed to bring it back to level going into the final part of the lap, but then it suddenly dropped where Rudi had traffic and I was well ahead! I completed the lap in 7:57.491 and when I saw it on the dash I was over the moon! Objective complete. I was so happy I missed my braking point for T1 on my 2nd flying lap! The team then informed me that it was good enough for pole position, of which I was super surprised at. After that I thought, it will be beaten soon, however a Code60 on the GP circuit meant that people weren’t able to go faster and my lap stood!

By the time I’d finished my 2nd flyer, I still didn’t believe that I’d still be there, but I was met by a cheering team boss Henry Walkenhorst who opened the door and helped me out! I stood on the side of the car, gave it the #1 finger to the cameras and jumped into Henrys arms! What a result, I had arrived! Confirming my ability to drive with the best on the world’s toughest circuit!

Starting the race, having some of my hero’s and a lot of drivers I look upto in my mirror was a strange but awesome feeling, something I will never forget! Unfortunatly the race didn’t follow qualifying as the wrong compound of tyre was choosen at the start meaning after 2 laps the tyres were toast. I had to endure another 3 laps with no grip, before pitting for the correct compound. After that the pace would return even though we were well down the order, and eventually an engine failure put paid to the race and I had to stop out on track. However nothing could bring me down from the mornings result!

An awesome weekend, one to remember, and luckily I caught it all on my VLOG which I will look back on for years to come! Watch my VLOG “VLN6 – Pole Position at the Nurburgring VLN6!” on my YouTube channel below:

My 2018 top 6…… #3

Reviewing my 2018 season, I have written up my top 6 highlights of the season for all the cool things I’ve got upto! Make sure you visit back in the final days of December to read up on these highlights! Enjoy!

#3 – Joining Walkenhorst Motorsport in the highly competitive M235i class at the Nurburgring to complete my A Permit!

This maybe one of, if not my most enjoyable race in 2018! The CUP5 M235i class in the VLN is one of the most competitive classes in the race. Identical cars, a good balance between grip and power with 0 aero, and a good balance within the VLN race, sitting almost in the middle of the race therefore you will be overtaking lots and being overtaken by lots also! I would share with Walkenhorst regular Alex Lambertz which made an exciting team!

After a dodgy start to working with Walkenhorst during practice on Friday… the idea of “only” qualifying for my Permit A license was even more emphasised. 0 clear laps were completed without traffic or Code60s, as we only did enough to qualify for the race meaning we would start what would turn out to be P9 in class at the front of the 3rd starting group for VLN3.

After a horrendous start avoiding drama from other cars, I dropped back to outside the top10, but quickly started to make many places back to run just outside the top 5 once the trace had calmed down. I then had a great race for the remaining 90mins of the stint with the Efiel Blitz and Bonk Motorsport M235i’s where we raced nose to tail for laps where it was cat and mouse between us as the traffic, Code60s and/or slip stream worked in or against our favour where I eventually managed to gap the P5 car to run P4 just before I pitted after over 2 hours of driving to hand over to Alex. Alex would then hold the gap ahead of P5 but the top 3 of the class were long gone down the road.

One of the most fun races! Even machinery, an amazing track, great clean racers to race against. Everything that is fun about motorsport! I then qualified for my A permit to then go and race with the big boys!

Watch my VLOGs “VLN3 BMW M235i the best entry level Nordschlife car” on my YouTube channel below:

 

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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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. An ambassador for Autoglym, VBOX and XPEL.

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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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.

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