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Dream debut for Pittard in IGTC 2020 at the Brick Yard

Dream debut for Pittard in IGTC 2020 at the Brick Yard

The Intercontinental GT Challenge finally started for David Pittard in 2020 at the Indianapolis 8hours. Having impressed at multiple events during his partnership with Walkenhorst Motorsport and BMW Motorsport at the Nurburgring and at Spa last year, David was offered the opportunity to join BMW and Walkenhorst’s factory IGTC program, the highest level of GT3 racing in the world.

The 2020 IGTC Championship started at Bathurst this year, however a logistics issue stopped the #35 car from even arriving at the event.

 BMW & Walkenhorst this time arrived with 2 cars at the famous location for the Indy500, this time taking place on the road course circuit, with BMW Factory drivers Nicky Catsburg, Augusto Farfus, Connor De Philipi in the #34 car and Martin Tomcyk, Nick Yelloly and David in the #35 car.

Practice and qualifying showed that the BMW was strong at the circuit and during the shootout, with both Walkenhorst M6 GT3 cars lining up P1 & P3 respectively.

“Lining up in America representing BMW in the IGTC is an amazing opportunity. To share the team with the such experienced talents is amazing opportunity to learn and race with the best. The biggest objective from me was to learn the Pirelli tyre which is so different to the Yokohama we run at the Nurburgring. Even so, I managed to find myself on the new tyre pace reasonably quickly to make sure that I was on pace with the others ready to fight for the win on race day, a great place to be on my debut”

Just like the Nurburgring, the teams and drivers were watching the skys to see what the weather would do. It couldn’t have been scripted any more dramatic, as the cars crossed the line to start the race the heavens started to open and straight away the field pitted for wets. The experienced Augusto and Martin started both cars and their experience was key for both cars to begin the race 1-2 for the first 3hours of the race. When the track switched to slicks Nick was able to pass Connor and the #35 car to take the lead of the race and would continue to pull a gap before a full course yellow would bring both cars into pit road for David to take over.

David would lead off the restart and start to build the gap again for the first part of his stint. Slower traffic would hamper the #35 car meaning the #34 car would get the run into turn1 and the BMWs would swap positions running line astern for the remainder of the stint. Both drivers would stay in the car at the next pitstop and this time the #34 car would start to build a gap while increasing the gap to the cars behind.

Nick and Nicky would then take over to the finish of the race where the #34 car began to really stretch its advantage to head home a Walkenhorst Motorsport and BMW Motorsport 1-2 in America!

“What an amazing result for Walkenhorst and BMW! 1-2 at Indianapolis, a clean sweep of Pole Position, fastest lap and maximum points for BMW in the manufactures championship. It was pretty daunting to jump straight into the lead of the race given my experience with the Pirelli tyre and go up against Connor, however I am pleased with my pace and every lap I do the more experience I gain with the tyre and go quicker and quicker. It was a great job by my team mates and team to produce 2 rapid cars and take home the perfect result!”

DPM