Having missed the Brands Hatch round of the Britcar Championship, David Pittard was looking forward to returning to action at Snetterton. It turned out to be a weekend of mixed fortune for the Brunel University student however.
“After missing out at Brands Hatch GP, I was really buzzing to be back in the car at one of my favourite circuits – Snetterton 300 in Norfolk!” said David.
“Due to the intense heat that would be present at the weekend the plan was to do 3 flying laps each for the pole time and keep minimum running of the car. Out of my 3 flying laps I managed to catch traffic however on my second lap I managed to nail a lap of 1:57.8 around the 3 mile circuit to secure pole by over 2.4 seconds to second place in class, and 11th overall, lapping faster than some of the faster class 2 and 3 cars!”
Pittard’s bad luck struck again shortly before the race however, as a problem was discovered with his Porsche 911 GT3. Thankfully, quick work from his Strata21 team meant that he was able to join the rolling start and take part in the race.
David survived a thunderstorm and some brief sharp showers that caused chaos throughout the field to pit just after one hour of the race gone in first position in class.
With the Strata21 team having three drivers compared to many other’s two; the car began to drop down the order but was eventually classified third in class. Matters were not helped for Adam Sharpe when he took over the car however, as the Porsche became stuck in third gear. For once, Strata21 enjoyed a bit of good luck – a lengthy safety car meaning it wasn’t as big a problem as it could have been given the close nature of the championship.
David’s next race is on the third of November, and the team currently enjoys a four point lead over their closest championship rivals.