Championship leaders going to Belgium David Pittard & BRDC Rising Star Alex Reed scored a win and 5th place at the British GT overseas round at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps after an up and down weekend!
Going into Spa after a tricky result at Silverstone due to the Balance of Performance, Pittard & Reed were confident that they could continue their run of pace and consistency that has seen them top the championship twice this year already.
With Friday playing host to Practice and Qualifying, the Lanan Racing pair struggled with pace over the long Spa lap all day, with Alex qualifying the car a creditable 4th for Race 1 but with David qualifying the car a lowly 9th meaning in the race they both had work to do!
“The car felt good, the lap felt good, but I just didn’t have the pace. I wasn’t too worried about the McLarens & Astons as their straight line advantage really helps them, however I was concerned about the pace difference we had to the other Ginettas. I really worked hard on Friday night to work out where more time could be gained ready for race day”
With the pairing being a Silver-Silver Semi Pro line up, they’d have to serve an additional 14 extra seconds in the pits to balance the pairing against the other Pro-AM pairings in the field.
Alex made a good start to jump to 3rd, before being out dragged by 2 powerful Aston Martins into the Le Combe chicane after the long Kemmel straight but settled in behind the Astons before the first safety car of the race, again Alex got a great restart before ½ a lap later the Safety car was again deployed for another accident, which was deployed up until the pit window was open 25mins in. With everyone pitting it made the pitlane very busy and with the Pro-AM driver pairings serving less time in the pits and while backed up behind the safety car they would have a large advantage. Lanan tried to negate this advantage by leaving Alex out for 1 lap after the safety car which proved to work as in all the mayhem which is the pit window the #51 car immerged still in 5th place with David now at the wheel.
David immediately set the fastest lap of the race chasing down the top 3 and benefited from the #501 McLaren being wiped out by a GT3 car and the #56 McLaren having another puncture leaving him 3rd. An almighty battle raged between the #51 and #55 Ginettas swapping places multiple times while catching the #100 McLaren who was suffering from tyre degradation. It all came down the last corner on the last lap when the #55 out braked themselves meaning they cut the chicane which hindered them allowing David to out drag the #55 car to the line to take the GT4 win and full championship points!
“I was buzzing after that win! It was seriously close between me and Stuart Middleton. There was a small amount of contact but it was hard and fair racing of which I’m really pleased to have come out on top!”
With the high rate of attrition in Race 1, David already made 2 places before the start of the race meaning he would line up 7th. A good start meant he held position off the start and to the end of the Kemmel straight before a lot of accident avoiding took place which re shuffled the order where David benefitted from the carnage to come out 5th. Another hard fought stint saw David finish his stint P4 before pitting at the earliest possible time to get him out the traffic. With additional pit stop time, the Lanan car dropped back to P11, but with Alex Reed bolted in and with fresh tyres, he wasted little time to drive upto the back of the battling GT4 pack over P2. A knock from a GT3 car haulted Reed’s charge resulting in a spin which lost him time, however a determined drive saw him make up the lost time and more to pass 2 cars on the final lap to finish P5, a great damage limitation exercise.
Overall the weekend was a success, however due to the contact in Race 2, the Lanan pairing now trail the championship lead by 2.5 points with everything to play for at Brands Hatch GP 2hrs next time out on August 5/6.