Pittard Completes Dominant Silverstone Double


David Pittard completed a perfect weekend at Silverstone with his fifth win of the season in Round 18 of the 2014 Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup, a race in which Charlie Robertson further extended his lead at the top of the championship standings.

Pittard led the 27 lap encounter from start-to-finish once again to complete his double for the weekend, but it wasn’t a comfortable run to victory in the closing stages with Andrew Watson hunting him down.

Despite the Irishman’s best efforts though, Pittard was able to keep the gap to 0.3 seconds at the flag to take the win, increasing his advantage over Watson in the battle for third overall in the championship.

In similar fashion to the opening race, Robertson lost a spot to his chief title rival Carl Breeze on the opening lap. Unlike in race one when it took until lap 22 for him to get the spot back, this time Robertson hit back straight away with a great cutback move at Brooklands on lap two.

That came just before the safety car emerged after Tom Howard was spun into the gravel on the opening lap at Copse. On lap seven after the restart, Robertson made an attempt to pass Watson for third, but from there it turned into a comfortable, lonely run to a seventeenth podium of the season.

Breeze took fourth once again to keep his championship hopes alive heading into the Brands Hatch finale in two weeks time, with Tom Oliphant and Jamie Orton rounding out a top six that was unchanged from the opening race.

Orton had to work for his sixth place finish though, with Carl Boardley pushing him hard in the middle stages of the race until the JHR Developments racer span while attempting to pass his adversary at Luffield.

Josh Cook fought his way to seventh place at the finish, having been in the thick of the action in his second Supercup race. An early battle with Will Burns ended with the Academy Motorsport racer spinning down the order, which led into a robust scrap with Luke Davenport over the remainder of the race.

Davenport finished up eighth to cap off a frustrating weekend for the United Autosports racer, both himself and Cook having finished the race with five second penalties for exceeding track limits for the second successive race.

Reece Somerfield, another to get a track limits time penalty, took ninth ahead of fellow category regular Dan Norris-Jones, with Paul McNeilly taking the AM class honours in eleventh overall. Aleksander Schjerpen, David Pattison and Fraser Robertson completed the finishers.

Burns meanwhile suffered another spin heading into Luffield later in the race, and eventually retired into the pits seven laps from the end. Boardley, Howard and Will Moore joined him on the retirements list, the latter being another to spin off at Luffield.

Full race results can be found here.