Lanan Racing’s Alex Reed & David Pittard’s championship challenge was hauled by a steering failure mid race during the 2hrs of Brands Hatch while challenging for the lead of the highly competitive GT4 field.
The weekend started very positivly in Free Practice, with David putting the Lanan Ginetta G55 GT4, 2nd fastest in Free Practice 2 even with a scrappy lap, meaning confidence was high going into qualifying.
However the Brands Hatch weather had different ideas about the conditions for qualifying, as the heavens opened around 30mins before GT4 qualification. With David out first on wet tyres on a wet track, David put the car 5th in his session, before handing over to Reed, who took the choice to put slick tyres on the car and qualify the car as the fastest Ginetta and with the combination of times put the car 4th overall.
“It was a very dramatic session. With the hot weather and sudden blue skys, the wet track was drying very quickly every lap so it was always going to be who could not overheat the tyres and put in a good lap at the end of the session. Alex made a great call to go slicks and qualify the car where he did and put us P4. A good place to be going into race day”
With David starting the 2hr race in a fast Ginetta he was confident of making the places ahead of him. A titanic battle raged between championship rivials HHC Motorsport, Century Motorsport, Academy Motorsport, GPRM & Garage 59 McLaren throughout the first 60mins. David once again proved himself as one of the best racers in the GT4 field to climb to 2nd in the GT4 and hunt down the leader, while setting the fastest lap of the stint.
“The race started well. It was a very busy start, queuing behind the slower Aston & McLaren, however with their straight line speed it’s very difficult to pass them! I managed to navigate pass everyone best and then close down P1 who had managed to make a break at the front, however has I challenged for the lead, I suddenly had no steering going around left handers which ultimatly put paid to our race”
A sheared front right steering arm failure 5mins before the pit window opened meant that an unscheduled pitstop and repair cost the Lanan Racing team 8 laps, and any chance of scoring serious championship points.
“The Lanan team did a fantastic job to repair the car as quick as they did and we did pick up a couple of places due to their hard work which all count, so a big thank you to them. However after that it was all over points scoring wise. We made the finish and hoped others would have misfortunes as well”
The end result leaves the Lanan Racing Team 25points behind their main championship rivals, with 37.5 points remaining on the table at the “Donington Decider” taking place in September 24th. A win for Lanan will mean their rivals will need to finish 5th or below for David and Alex to take the title.
“As proven in many British GT championship deciders at Donington, anything can happen, so we aim to come out guns blazing and do the best we can to take the championship back!”