David Pittard & Graham Wilson started their partnership together in the Masters Historic GDS with a class win & 4th overall in the Pre 66 Prototype & GT race against classic legends such as Ford GT40s, Jaguar E-Types & AC Shelby Cobras!
The season started off at the Espíritu de Montjuic event at the Circuit de Barcelona for a 3hour race with the race being split between the 2 drivers in the giant killing 1964 Lotus Elan R26.
David attended a pre season test with the Andy Wolfe Manufacturing team 5 weeks before the season opener, coaching current series vice champion Graham Wilson and driving his Chevron B8, FIA Historic World Sports car championship contender. However this was his first time that he’d see, sat or driven the Lotus Elan of Graham Wilson’s.
David set the fastest laptime in class, in qualifying around the current Formula 1 circuit by just under a second to state the teams intent for the opening round of the season.
With the strategy to start Graham first in the race, after loosing initial ground on the first few laps before making up the lost time and soon taking the class lead back again after 30mins, before holding the lead for over 60mins and handing over to David to maintain the class lead.
Due to the fact the plucky lightweight Elan didn’t need to make a tyre change, as it is very light on tyre wear, or top up fuel at all, the large deficite to the bigger more powerful cars was more than overcome as David emerged and ran as high as P3 overall!
While challenging for P2 overall and for the GT class win, David had to make a pitstop for an oil top up to ensure the car finished the race and won it’s class by over 2 laps in the 3 hour race!
David’s next Historic Masters race is scheduled for 1st/2nd July at Magny Cours in France.