David Pittard lost crucial ground on his Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup Championship rivals after enduring a troublesome weekend at Snetterton Circuit, Norfolk over the weekend, 2nd, 3rd August.
The KX Akademy driver started the weekend in second place in the Championship standings after recording a tremendously successful first half of the season in his maiden Ginetta GT4 Supercup campaign. Having left the Official test day on Friday full of confidence having shown front running pace, the Hertfordshire based driver was sure of another substantial points haul towards his title campaign.
“The car felt good following testing”, commented David. “There were a few slight changes we needed to make to both the car and my driving to find the last couple of tenths, but we knew we had the pace to be fighting for the wins.”
Qualifying saw David convert his confidence into a front row start, securing second place with a strong performance. The race however told a different story with the KX Akademy driver encountering performance problems from the outset.
“I pulled out all the stops to qualify P2 on the grid which stunned the team as we were in the bottom 2 of all the speed traps in qualifying, loosing upto 4mph on the Bentley Straight.
“In the race I bogged off the start and lost out in the drag race to Tom (Oliphant). The lack of straight line speed really showed in the race as I spent it all pulling away through the corners but was a sitting duck in a straight line, so had to defend hard through the race. Due to my inexperience, I let Carl Breeze through as he used the pit exit to pass me into Riches so I learned my lesson, and bought it home a disappointing fourth.”
Overnight the SV Racing team worked relentlessly on the car, changing the engine and examining the drive train to ensure David wasn’t masked by similar troubles. As Sunday race time approached, David was sure the engine problems were now behind him and he could convert his fourth place on the grid into a podium position.
“The team worked really hard to change the engine and the diff, for the third time that weekend, to hopefully cure the problem we had. With the work complete we were all confident we now had the pace to return to the podium, however the race transpired to not work out quite as planned, with the problems still persisting.”
With the issues surrounding the power train still unsolved the KX Akademy driver had to defended from lights to flag, displaying impressive car positioning to bring the car home for another fourth place.
The reverse grid format for race three saw the BRDC Rising Star line up on Pole Position, with one last chance to leave Snetterton with some silver wear. However disaster struck as a sheared wheel nut, found by the team as the car left the assemble area, forced the SV Racing driver to be wheeled of the grid following the formation lap, leaving a gutted Pittard to watch the final race of the weekend from the pit wall.
“To be pushed off of pole position for the 2nd time this year is absolutely gutting, and was an extremely disappointing way to end an already frustrating weekend” commented David.
“The SV Racing team never gave up hope or determination to try and solve the issues we had and there was nothing we could have done about race three, so a huge thank you to them for their efforts.”
“Overall the weekend was very frustrating and disappointing. We have been plagued with car errors that really hindered our speed a progress, not giving us the results we clearly deserved. However that’s racing and we are now looking forward to making up for the lost points at Knockhill.”
David and the SV Racing team now head to Knockhill Circuit in Scotland over the weekend of the 28th August