A couple of weeks after enjoying a maiden test in a Porsche Carrera Cup Car, David Pittard is getting set for a switch of disciplines with a test in a Formula Renault, given to him as a prize for finishing on the podium at the Henry Surtees Foundation Kart event.
Pittard will test with championship winning squad Manor Competition at Silverstone later this month and will have to impress both Manor bosses Tony and Sarah Shaw, as well as ex-Formula One World Champion John Surtees. Pittard is looking forward to the test, which will be his first taste of the 210bhp single seater, a car with more downforce than he's ever driven before.
Pittard commented: “I am really looking forward to testing with the most successful Formula Renault UK team, and to working with the likes of Tony Shaw. To be able to follow in Lewis Hamiltons footsteps and drive for the same team in the same Formula is a serious honour.
“I think the added down force will be the biggest challenge, but I am going to Manor’s workshop on Monday to fit the seat and look through the data, so I am fully prepared with what I have to do and to ensure I gain maximum benefit from the test.
“I will have the added pressure of having the 1964 Formula 1 world champion John Surtees watching me during my test! It is an honour to have met him at the Henry Surtees trophy and I can’t thank him enough for this opportunity. I will be out to impress him and the team right from the word go.”