Letchworth based racing driver David Pittard shot into the top two of the Championship standing after a stunning weekend at Thruxton, 3rd/4th May, which saw the Sears Morgan Group & KX Akademy sponsored driver secure two wins and a second place, catapulting the SV Racing driver to within three points of the Championship lead.
Heading into qualifying at the UK’s fastest circuit, David was unlucky to not secure pole position having recorded a lap time a mere 0.003 seconds behind his rival.
As the lights went out for race one, Pittard made another of his trademark starts, taking the lead before dominating the race to the flag, and with it securing the fastest lap of the race with an average speed of over 111mph.
“I can’t believe this has happened!,” commented David, shortly after race one. “I made sure I nailed my start, and just didn’t look in my mirrors at all. I deserved that win and my lap times were strong, coming down as the race progressed. I never expected to achieve a win this early in my maiden Ginetta GT4 Supercup season and especially at Thruxton! I thought it would be a bogie circuit for me, given its fast nature and my lack of track time, but that proved to be completely wrong! Hopefully I’ve now stepped up another level and this continues”.
Once the celebrations had finished it was quickly back to work for Pittard and the SV Racing team following the discovery of a clutch related problem which threatened to cut short his impressive start to the race weekend.
“During the short interval between races one and two we found that the clutch wasn’t disengaging properly, so there was a bit of drama as SV Racing tried to get the car turned around in time,” said Pittard. “Situations like that are crazy, but there was a huge effort by the guys and we made it to the grid for race two.”
Lining up this time on Pole Position, Pittard once again made a stirling start and retained the lead as the pack scampered into the first corner. Immediately getting his head down, the BRDC Rising Star had already managed to pull out a three quarter of a second lead over his nearest rival by the end of the first lap. Maintaining his focus throughout the remainder of the race, Pittard secured another fastest lap as he took his second win of the weekend.
“After all the hard work from the team to fix the clutch I’m so glad I could repay them with another win.” commented David. “Rob Boston, my engineer, has done a mega job and has been very patient with me. He has played a huge part in making sure we’re successful. It has been a huge team effort, this is for them.”
Despite securing two wins from the weekend thus far, David had to be content with lining up on the second row for the final race, having drawn fourth place in the reverse grid structure.
A good start saw Pittard jump into third off the line behind Championship veteran Carl Breeze. As the cars rounded the final corner on the first lap, the leader was already beginning to pull a margin to second place and Pittard knew he would have to press hard to pass if he was going to have any chance of a triple win. Despite some stunning driving, the KX Akademy and Sears Morgan Group sponsored driver was stuck in third for almost twelve laps before an intelligent move saw him take second. Unfortunately, the gap to the lead was a huge eleven seconds, meaning David crossed the line at the flag an impressive second, capping of a dream weekend.
“The team gave me a fantastic car for this race so I was confident I could fight for another strong finish to complete an amazing weekend,” said Pittard after the final race. “The team told me to preserve my tyres but I was fully focused on passing cars. I had to bide my time in what was a very different race to the other two, as track conditions and the car’s balance had changed. I was quick in places and had to pick my moments, so I showed my nose a few times at the Chicane and the complex, but Carl (Breeze) made a mistake and I punished him for it by slipping up the inside between Goodwood and Church.”
“Securing second today just caps off a great weekend for us. It is brilliant to be able to give something back to my sponsors, Sears Morgan Group and KX Akademy, for all their support in helping get me on the grid, this really has been a dream weekend!”
David comes away from Thruxton just three points off the Championship lead as the drivers head to Oulton Park for Rounds Ten, Eleven and Twelve, over the weekend of the 7th / 8th June.