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Pittard signs 2 Year deal with Walkenhorst Motorsport and BMW

Pittard signs 2 Year deal with Walkenhorst Motorsport and BMW

Having burst onto the European GT3 Scene in 2018, after claiming pole position at the infamous Nurburgring Nordschlife, in only his third outing in a GT3 car, David Pittard has signed a new, two year, deal with Walkenhorst Motorsport, a leading BMW Motorsport customer team. Walkenhorst are a top contender in GT3 racing, having won the Spa24Hours in 2018 with one of their BMW M6 GT3 cars. The extended contract engages Pittard for the full 2019 VLN season at the Nurburgring, the Nurburgring 24hrs and the Blancpain Endurance Spa24hrs, in a Pro line up, with a similar schedule for 2020.

After visits to both Walkenhorst Motorsport headquarters at Melle German and BMW Motorsport in Munich, an agreement was quickly reached to provide for working together in the long and short term for these major events driving a BMW M6 GT3 car.

“This will be the first time in my career when I am returning to the same level of competition in a championship. In the past I have always been competitive in new environments, cars, teams, championships. So I am super confident and eager to perform with an established set-up of both team and car, building upon my introductory, partial season with Walkenhorst. With the continuity of both engineers and mechanics and back-room support I know we will hit the ground running from the very first lap in 2019. This will be a huge year for me, driving for one of the very best performance car manufacturers in the world in two of the biggest GT events anywhere!”

“Putting this deal together has taken a lot of hard work from many people including of course those at Walkenhorst and BMW. But there are many others and I can’t thank them enough. They can rest assured that this opportunity won’t go to waste! I look forward to hosting my partners and their guests at the mecca of motorsport in the Eifel mountains where we can share our success together!”

“The opportunity is absolutely amazing. A full season at the Nordschleife, plus arguably two of the biggest GT3 24hr anywhere. Two big races to challenge myself against the best GT drivers in the world! The BMW M6 GT3 and Walkenhorst Motorsport have proven themselves to be a very competitive team that looks only to become stronger as they build upon each and every success. I have absolutely no doubt that it’s the best place for me to be in terms of showing my potential, achieving competitive results and working closely with BMW. I feel honoured to be a part of it.”

The Veranstaltergemeinschaft Langstreckenpokal Nürburgring (VLN) Championship consists of 9 races (eight of four and one of six hours) all at the legendary Nurburgring. They uniquely combine the Grand Prix circuit and the Nordschleife to make the longest circuit in the world at 25km/lap and this, together with over 300m of elevation and the notoriously fickle Eifel weather, makes it the most challenging championship in the world. With up to 180+ cars entered from club racers to manufacturer supported “works” teams looking to prove themselves as the best, this is truly a race series like no other.

The N24hrs is regarded as the toughest 24hr race in the world. The largest car and driver differential with 150+ cars on the most challenging circuit in the world throughout the day and night! 

Also in David’s calendar is what has become notorious as the most competitive GT3 race in the world…. The Spa24hrs. The event, now in its 71st year, is the blue ribbon event of the Blancpain Endurance Series and part of the Intercontinental GT Challenge, a worldwide GT championship. In previous years the Spa24hrs has attracted the very best GT drivers and the most competitive cars, so that the top 30 in qualifying have been covered by as little as only one second. Walkenhorst, who won in 2018 by 10.4 seconds after 24 hours of racing, will be back in 2019, in their M6 GT3 car, to defend their title.

At the final VLN round of 2018, Melle based BMW Customer racing team Walkenhorst Motorsport announced that they would be representing BMW on a global scale by entering an M6 GT3 car into the Intercontinental GT Challenge, racing around the world at iconic circuits for races including the Spa24hrs, Bathurst 12hrs, Suzuka 10hrs, and Laguna Seca 8hrs.

The VLN season kicks off on 23rd March in preparation for the N24hrs 20-23 June, with the Spa24hrs on 27/28 July, and then the remaining half of the VLN season will conclude a busy 2019.

David will continue 2019 with support from Wilson Associates, Autoglym & VBOX Motorsport.

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David Pittard – A multiple British & European Champion as well as “ARDS A” Performance Driver Coach has over 19years experience in the worldwide Motorsport industry. Specialising in Modern & Historic endurance racing, David proven his speed & versatility in a range of modern and historic machinery in a safe and controlled manner at circuits around the world.

VLN Championship – The VLN Langstreckenmeisterschaft Nürburgring is the largest grassroots series in the world. Nine times a year, 170 race cars – from close-to-production touring cars to full-blown GT3 cars – start on the world’s most beautiful and demanding race track, the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

Walkenhorst Motorsport -60 years of automotive passion – Our claim. Our conviction. Our passion. As a family-owned company it is important to meet these fundamental values. Not only in terms of our drivers, but also in terms of our team and our partners. Because quality creates trust, success brings responsibility and passion is our advantage. Constantly we expand our knowledge and collaborate on the target – the development of unique, perfectly tuned race car.