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Wilson & Pittard make history as overall FIA Historic Sportscar winners at legendary Imola!

Wilson & Pittard make history as overall FIA Historic Sportscar winners at legendary Imola!

Luxemborg racer Graham Wilson and British co-driver David Pittard made history at the legendary Imola circuit last weekend by winning the FIA Historic Sportscar race overall in Wilson’s slower Bonnier class Chevron B8, a feat that has never been achieved before.

Wilson’s Chevron is by no means a slow car, however the 220bhp car is no match for the 600bhp+ Lola T70 monsters that share the grid, abet racing in a separate class, especially at a fast circuit like Imola!

Wilson started the weekend quickly re acquainting himself with the Chevron and learning the new circuit, guided by ARDS A driver coach David, and aided by the VBOX HD2 system installed into Wilson’s Chevron.

“Imola is a fantastic circuit, steeped in history, for good and bad, but a proper old school classic circuit, and in April it was nice to have to 20degree plus heat! The Bonnier class was well supported this year with both new cars and old cars coming out to race which made the weekend great! Graham drove fantastic in qualifying, probably the best I have seen him drive ever and his time was good enough for P2 in class which made us strong for the race!”

David put the Chevron on pole in class and 6th overall on the first FIA Historic Sportscar grid of the year to contest the 60min race. Wilson would start the race and would hold the class lead for the majority of his 30min stint, only loosing the lead after a small off track excursion before regaining the lead a lap later just as the safety car would be deployed.

Graham handed over to David in class lead, so David kept up his blistering pace from qualifying to chase down the cars ahead for overall position. In a messy 2nd ½ of the race, David mainly avoided accidents to slowly climb the overall order eventually finishing P2 overall and P1 in class! An already awesome achievement!

“Graham drove a great 1st stint and carried on his fantastic pace from qualifying. Just 1 small mistake but he put that right very quickly. In my stint it was chaos, you could tell it was everyones 1st race back in a while, with lots of mistakes! So I kept my nose clean and picked up the pieces to bring it home for a fantastic result to start the year with!”

Later in the evening, it was announced that the overall winners had been excluded from the results, promoting the Wilson/Pittard pairing to the overall win! Something that hasn’t been achieved before!

This was the pairings only confirmed outing of the 2018 so far. Watch this space for further developments!

DPM