Pittard On Oulton DNF: “It Could Have Been Worse”

David Pittard is ready to fight back in the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup championship battle after suffering his first retirement of the season in Round 11 at Oulton Park.

A clutch failure off the line brought his race to an end before it had even started, but the SV Racing ace feels it could have been worse with the rest of the field luckily not making contact with his stricken Ginetta.

That result came after a superb start from fifth on the grid in race one took him to a sixth podium finish of the season in third place, a result that took him back into the championship lead.

The 22 year old was confident of taking another podium finish in the live-televised race two, however the retirement means he’s slipped to third in the standings, 24 points behind leader Andrew Watson.

“Sadly, the clutch went off the line, and I sat there wondering what was happening,” reflected Pittard.

“Everyone flew past me left, right and centre – I was lucky not to get collected! I was only able to make half a lap and was loosing drive, so I pulled over and became a spectator, which was a shame because quite a few drivers were handed jump start penalties, which would have worked in my favour.

“It’s happened at a double header in the final race, as opposed to a triple-header, so it could have been worse. We’re only twenty points behind in the championship, which is not much at all as the standings are constantly swinging, and it’s still early doors with a lot to play for.”