David Pittard Blog: Thruxton Wins, Oulton Optimism

So it’s been over 4 weeks since Thruxton! The wait seems longer than the start of the season! It has in no way been a quiet time for me though as I can now officially say I’ve finished education and I’ve been busy planning for next season already!

So… starting with Thruxton! The best race meeting I’ve ever had! Having shown well in testing, I predicted myself three top fives to consistently score good points! So by going second in qualifying put me in a great position which I was really pleased with… though I then found out that Robertson pipped me by just 0.003 after following me on the road, however it was great to be on the front row and have a BRDC Rising star front row lock out!

Pittard Had Plenty To Celebrate At Thruxton - Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography
Pittard Had Plenty To Celebrate At Thruxton – Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

The reason it was my best race meeting was because both races one and two, after making a great start I checked out and led every single lap on the way to two race wins and the championship lead!

It really shows how quickly things can change in the championship! It wasn’t without its drama as we had a clutch go in the short turnaround between the two races which meant a monumental effort by the SVR boys to have the gearbox out and get it replaced! It seemed that everything was going for me that weekend as I then drew the smallest grid reversal for the final race so I would line up fourth!

I managed to get the jump off Oliphant at the start and as Watson and Breeze ran side by side into the complex I hope that they would outbreak each other but I slipped into third. As the race wore on I was able to put Breeze under more and more pressure into the complex, before getting a great run out of Goodwood where I had been quick all weekend and make the pass into Church… the fastest corner in the UK (Apex speed 141mph!) to bring the car home second and pick up very close to max points!

A huge thank you to the SVR boys, KX Akademy & Sears Morgan group for giving me everything to achieve these great results! We currently lie second in the championship, three points off the lead, more than exceeding our expectations for the start of the season!

No sooner had I changed out of my champagne soaked race suit I left the race meeting early to head back to Brunel University where I prepared for four final exams that stood between me and finishing education! I’m pleased to say that I believe they all went good and even more pleased to say I’ve finished!

After finishing exams myself and the KX Akademy got the chance to visit Harkable Social Media Agency in Central London to learn how to build our online brand as athletes and our marketability!

The day was hosted by co-founder and technology presenter Will Francis and Laura Crossman who past on their knowledge and experience to the team and Jason, and when I say knowledge this entailed whether #WifeMaterial was a good # or not… and we found out it was! It was a fantastic insight into the world of online marketing and can be added to the wealth of knowledge that the Akademy has already given us!

Pittard Hopes To Be Heading The Pack Again At Oulton Park - Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography
Pittard Hopes To Be Heading The Pack Again At Oulton Park – Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Weekends like Thruxton don’t come around very often… so I was keen to make the most of my success and set about planning for the future. One of the options I deicided to explore was to attend the Blancpain Endurance Series at Silverstone and meet some of the teams involved in the Series. It was great to hear that my success had become noticed and I met some great new people.

When the race started I retired to the fantastic BRDC clubhouse to watch the exciting race and see the Bentley Boys take a historic home win! I followed this up a week later to see the British GT and in an equally great race to see the Motorbase AMR squad take the chequered flag.

In between the two race meetings I was able to get my racing fix as I took the Sears Morgan, KX Akademy backed car to Oulton Park to test before the race this weekend. It was great to test with a lot less pressure and I believe we learn a lot to build on going to the race meeting which I’m looking forward to and hoping to carry on the upward trend we have going on!

If you are at Oulton Park, please come over to the SVR awning and say hi and grab a poster!

Thanks for reading,

David “Feeling optimistic” Pittard