Pittard Wins A Close Final Race At Croft


David Pittard took the final win of the weekend in round 14 of the Ginetta GT4 SuperCup at Croft.

Pittard led from pole position and did have a comfortable lead from Sean Huyton who was 2nd for the majority of the race.

Huyton however found himself in the barriers and out of the race after slight contact with Tom Oliphant on lap 10.

This allowed Carl Breeze, who drove an impressive race from fifth on the grid, to once again make it on the podium, in 2nd place.

Breeze told The Checkered Flag that he thought a win may have been possible, but decided it was best for the championship to settle for the points instead of taking any risks.

I felt I managed the tyres really good. I had a feeling I could catch Pittard and lap by lap I was able to drop Burns.

I could have made a wild lunge. But I just thought of the points, it’s been a fantastic weekend, it’s fantastic for the championship and it’s put us in a good rhythm now for our favourite tracks that are coming up.

A jubilant Will Burns, who made the podium for the first time after his earlier podium in race one was taken away, followed Breeze closely across the line.

Burns felt that there was a possibility he could have finished higher in the race.

It’s quite hard to overtake at this track but I thought maybe I could get a 2nd.

I was just very gutted that at race one I had third place taken away from me, so I knew at the start I just wanted to go for it, and try and get a podium.

The win wasn’t a routine one for Pittard. The SV Racing driver’s pace fell away dramatically in the final few laps which allowed the chasing pack of Breeze, Burns and Oliphant to close up.

It was later revealed that Pittard’s sudden drop in pace was due to a slowly deflating tyre which makes his narrow win all the more impressive.

Another driver who was extremely impressive was United Autosports Luke Davenport. Davenport started the race in last place but was able to fight through the field to finish fifth.

He also posted the fastest lap of the race with a time of 1.25.502s on lap three.

Championship contenders Charlie Robertson and Andrew Watson both had a race to forget. Both drivers received five second penalties after repeatedly exceeding track limits.

Privateer Reece Somerfield’s race was over prematurely. Somerfield lost control coming out of the Jim Clarke Esses and became beached in the long grass off the circuit, forcing him to retire.

And Max Coates unfortunately couldn’t match his impressive performance in race two. Privateer Coates finished the race in eighth place, behind the penalised Watson after starting sixth.