David Pittard & Alex Reed got their bid for the 2017 British GT Championship off to a fantastic start by taking the championship lead after rounds 1&2 at the Oulton Park circuit (15-17 April).
David and Alex’s first partnership together was a very successful one with the Lanan Racing car being at a sharp end of the grid all weekend in both wet and dry conditions.
Rounds 1&2 of the British GT championship weekend consists of Free Practice 1 (FP1), FP2, Am Quali, Pro Quali, Warm Up, Race 1 (60mins) & Race 2 (60mins) at the picturesque and undulating Oulton Park circuit in Cheshire, North West England.
Having qualified good & bad, see previous article, a damp Easter Monday greeted all drivers for Round 1 of the championship, with the Red & White, Formula Life Magazine, VBOX Motorsport Ginetta G55 starting at the very back of the grid, P16 in class.
With newly appointed BRDC Rising star Alex Reed, starting Race 1, he steadily picked off his rivals in the tresherous spray to join an almighty scrap of 4 cars for 5th place. With all 4 cars being bottled up behind one another, each car chose to pit straight away opening up the road to Alex to put in some quick lap times and leapfrog 3 of the 4 cars directly ahead, so that when David jumped in the car P6. David chased down the McMillan Aston Martin Vantage GT4 car on a damp and drying track, but wasn’t able to make a move past the #42 car. After the race, the Lanan duo were further promoted to P5 after an exclusion.
“The race went to plan. We stayed out of trouble at the start, used our Silver-Silver driver partnership to our advantage during the pitstop window meaning Alex could put in some fast laps while the track was clear to leapfrog some of our competition, a great call from the Lanan team, and I bought the car home P6 then to be P5. I was frustrated I couldn’t pass the Aston but it was good points to start the championship!”
With David qualifying the Ginetta G55 P3 in GT4 Pro qualifying in a “works driver” sandwich, being surrounded by Ginetta works driver Mike Simpson, the factory backed Garage 59 McLaren, & the Factory supported Nissan 370s all surrounding the 25year old on the grid on his return to full time racing!
“The start was crazy! 3 cars into 1 didn’t go at Old Hall, of which I managed to avoid and come out P2. I dropped a few places on lap 2 and stayed in a train behind the damaged Ginetta of Mike Simpson, which was always going to end in fireworks! Of which it did and I gained 2 positions, but dropped behind the Track-Club Mclaren. I knew they had a pitstop penalty as they won race 1, and I knew the Nissan’s other driver wasn’t as quick as Alex so didn’t need to take too many risks and held station until the pitstops”
Another fantastic call from the Lanan team saw David pit from behind the McLaren and install fellow FIA graded silver driver Alex, who jumped the Mclaren in the pitstops and swiftly passed the Nissan on track!
After a late race safety car, the race ended early with Lanan Racing on top in the GT4 class! A fantastic start to the year! Combining the win with their 5th place from Race 1, the Lanan Racing duo leave Oulton Park with the championship lead!
“A huge thanks to Formula Life & VBOX Motorsport for getting me back in the seat full time so that I can showcase what I can do on and off track! This year is going to be great!”
Round 3 of the 2017 British GT Championship will be held at Rockingham Motor Speedway on 29-30 April.