Graham Wilson & David Pittard twice stood a top their class podium at the Silverstone Classic in very different conditions over the whole weekend!
A class pole & class win in the FIA Historic World Sportscar Championship saw the pairing score maximum points to add to their tally. It was far from plain sailing in the race, as a fantastic battle between David and McLaren’s Garage 59 team boss Andrew Kirkaldy raged on for the class win, with a few slower Lola T70s also thrown into the mix as well to further add to the excitment! The pair diced for the first half of the race, swapping places multiple times on a lap with some very close racing! Unfortunatly the battle was cut short due to a broken throttle cable for Kirkaldy, handing a comfortable lead to Pittard before handing over to Wilson who drove a very consistent stint to bring the car home in P1!
A highlight of the weekend was the Pre 66 GT Cars. In an action packed qualifying session, which David described as “A race in itself” due to everyone trying to get to the front to get a clear lap, David put the plucky 1600cc Lotus Twincam Elan 9th overall in amoungst the big banger cars like the 500bhp Cobras, E-Types and Tuscans!
However David & Graham’s, rain dances paid off for the Saturday evening race where the evening got slowly wetter and wetter, playing into the hands of the lightweight Elan! David started the car and by the end of the first lap was upto P3 before quickly dispatching of Mike Whitaker’s TVR for P2 and set about catching Oliver Bryant in the family Cobra!
A charging Julian Thomas in his E-Type passed David exiting Copse where the pair battled and slowly closed on Bryant, before a small mistake from Thomas saw him finish his race in the Stowe gravel trap, allowing David to quickly close the gap before making a pass for the overall lead as Bryant pitted.
A lap later David pitted from the lead to hand over to Wilson, who again drove a consistent stint in the trecherous conditions to bring the car home to win the CLP class and win the under 2 litre class convincingly as well.
The historic calendar becomes very fast and furious in the next month with the Nurburgring Old Timer GP, Zandvort Classic and Spa 6hrs all taking place in the next 5weeks!