It was a case of déjà vu in the second Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup race of the weekend at Thruxton, with David Pittard once again emerging victorious from a race that finished with the same top seven as the opener.
Pittard led the sixteen lap encounter from start-to-finish, quickly breaking away from 2012 Supercup champion Carl Breeze before comfortably maintaining his lead throughout to win by 3.842 seconds – securing himself the championship lead for the first time in the process.
“I couldn’t believe what was happening in the first race, but that time I had more of a chance to soak it all in,” Pittard told TCF. “We had a clutch issue and the gearbox was out the car inbetween the races, but we were calm and the car was spot on again.
“I was a bit worried about [Carl] Breeze’s start, he’s always a quick starter, but I nailed mine. I pushed the first few laps to build a gap and then I just nursed it home, short shifted and looked after the tyres for the final race.”
Breeze wasn’t able to produce the same characteristic fast getaway he did in the opening race of the weekend, but defended his second place into the complex for the first time. From there, battling behind allowed him to edge away and comfortably take the podium.
Tom Oliphant did close on Breeze late on, but couldn’t get close enough to make a move. The Century Motorsport driver had ran fourth early on before passing Andrew Watson for third, a position that became his fourth podium of the year.
Watson held fourth to the finish, though came under a fair bit of pressure from a gaggle of cars behind. Charlie Robertson led them across the finish line, though fifth wasn’t enough to maintain his championship points lead.
Will Burns rounded out the top six, the Academy Motorsport ace being fortunate not to have made contact with the pit wall when mounting a challenge on Robertson late on. Pepe Massot was a frustrated seventh, with Harry Woodhead, Jamie Orton and Fergus Walkinshaw completing the top ten.
Walkinshaw was part of a great four car battle at the rear of the field, which Luke Davenport had led for large parts. For the second race running the United Autosports man found himself stubbornly defending his position, though this time some late trouble dropped him to thirteenth behind Dan Norris-Jones and debutant Michael Munemann.
Full race results can be found here: http://tsl-timing.com/toca/2014/141803g50.pdf
Provisional Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup Championship Standings (After Rd. 8 of 27):
1. David Pittard – SV Racing – 197pts
2= Charlie Robertson – HHC Motorsport – 194pts
2= Andrew Watson – HHC Motorsport – 194pts
4. Tom Oliphant – Century Motorsport – 191pts
5. Carl Breeze – United Autosports – 146pts
6. Luke Davenport – United Autosports – 145pts