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David Pittard Blog: An Introduction

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Hi! Welcome to my 2013 blog where I hope to keep you up to date with my championship campaign in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge with SV21!

My name is David Pittard, I’m 21 from Hertfordshire! As well as a rising professional racing driver I am also an employee of Mclaren Formula 1 team as part of my Brunel University Motorsport Engineering course in Uxbridge. I also do some race driver tuition at Palmersport at the Bedford Autodrome, Silverstone and private tuition as and when I can fit it all in!

After an extremely successful 2012 winning the Britcar British Endurance Championship and being nominated for the prestigious KX Akademy I attracted the attention of top Clio Cup and British GT team Scuderia Vittoria and have chosen to run in the Ginetta Challenge with them in partnership with my Britcar Championship winning team Strata21! An extremely exciting start to the year! Very organised too, as last year the season had started before I had even found a drive…

So how did I get to where I am today you ask! Well… After a successful karting career in Mini Max, Junior and Senior Rotax winning multiple club championships and contesting the Formula Kart Stars Championship twice finishing in the top 15 we stepped into circuit racing for a chance to fulfil my dream of becoming a professional Sportscar driver.

2010 saw me contest selected events in the Red Dragon Race and Track club Toyota MR2 Racing Series where in the final race of my first season at Brands Hatch I won my first race!

In 2011 I stepped up to a dual campaign of the Toyota MR2 racing series and the BRSCC Sports 2000 Pinto Championship. A 6 month winning spree across 8 races in both championships would be the highlight of the year but the 2nd half bought us down with a bump as neither resulted in championship glory! However new opportunities opened in the off season where I tested a Team Parker Racing Carrera Cup car and a Manor Competition Formula Renault UK car very successfully, slowly building my profile as a lightening quick and professional driver!

A late starting 2012 saw me take on the British Endurance Championship with Adam Sharpe in a Porsche Carrera Cup car where with 1 win, 5 podiums and 5 pole positions we took home the Class 4 British Endurance Championship with the Herts based Strata21 team, a fantastic year!

2013 will see my go back to my sprint racing roots, looking to make a BIG impression on the British GT paddock as I look for the Ginetta GT5 Challenge Championship! The car will be a new challenge, as will the close fought nature of the championship, something I can’t wait to experience when it kicks off on Easter weekend at Oulton Park! I’m buzzing for it!

Make sure you look out for some hard driving, my sponsors Nationwide Driver Supply, a cheeky smile and an interview on Motors TV who will be broadcasting the championship throughout the year!

Throughout 2013 I will be doing monthly blogs to gain some more followers and keep existing ones up to date with my hectic life! So please keep looking back to hear about what I get up to, and for anymore information please visit www.davidpittard.co.uk, www.twitter.com/David_Pittard or www.facebook.com/PittardMSport

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