David Pittard turned heads at the recent French Historic Grand Prix with a blinding wet weather performance to qualify the mid grid Chevron B8 on pole position overall against a vastly experience grid.
Along with this highlight, David and his co-driver Graham Wilson also qualified the Elan 26R P1 in class and P2 overall on a drying circuit and picked up 2 class podiums in the races!
Starting with the Elan in the Gentlemen Drivers series, the weekend suffered some grim “English” weather with heavy rain and showers meaning the conditions were changing session by session on the slippy French circuit.
After only being out qualified by a Ford GT-40 in the Gentlemen Drivers qualifying, Graham Wilson started the race in the dire wet weather conditions, the worst of the weekend. After a small off early on in the race, Graham recovered the car and used the early race safety car to swap to a full wet set up for the best car against the setting in wet weather conditions. However with the off and the pitstop for tyres, it put the Elan a lap down and very near the back of the field. Graham finished the very tricky stint well and handed over to David, who immediatly set the fastest lap of the race before going to set a fastest lap 4 secs quicker than anyone in the gloom of the evening and set about making up lost time.
“The conditions were very bad, especially for these 1960’s cars and the historic tyres they were on. I think Graham did a great job to have the pace he had and bring the car back in 1 piece. I didn’t take too many risks immediatly but got into the grove quickly and set about making up the lost time. I was up to P6 from around P20 ish, before a 2nd safety car purely for the conditions stopped the race. It was a shame as the car had the pace to win the race in the final 10mins but it wasn’t to be. It was probably the right decision but it didn’t help us which was a dissapointment”
With the storm blowing over on Sunday, the track was dry ready for the FIA World Historic Sports car championship where David would start the race from Pole Position before handing back over to Graham for the 2nd 30mins of the race.
After being out dragged by the monster Lola T70 that shared the front row with the Chevron, David used the agility of the Chevron to nip around the outside of the Lola at turn 2 to take back the lead and focus on extending it quickly before the more powerful cars caught up! The lead didn’t last long as the bigger engined cars powered past before the end of the 1st lap and David then concentrated on extending the gap to the other cars in class!
However another safety car wiped out the lead that David had built up right before the pit window opened and handed over to Graham. It then started to rain again while Graham was out who again, did a fantastic job to extend the class lead back out again and bring the car home for a class win to cap off a fantastic weekend for the pairing!