David Pittard has been left ‘frustrated’ and ‘disappointed’ after losing ground in the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup standings with a troublesome outing at Snetterton.
The KX Akademy driver started the weekend second in championship standings after a hugely positive first half of the season, and kicked off the meeting in Norfolk by overcoming power issues to qualify a superb second on the grid
Those issues were a straight line speed that left him 4mph down in the speed traps on the Bentley Straight, and that proved to hit hard in the race and the SV Racing driver was powerless to slip down to a fourth place finish in race one.
After an engine change overnight, as well as a third change of the diff for the weekend, it was hoped the problems were resolved for race two, but they emerged again to leave Pittard defending hard to take fourth again.
The reverse grid format for race three saw Pittard set to line up on pole position, however disaster struck as a sheared wheel nut forced him to be wheeled off the grid into retirement following the formation lap.
His second DNF of the season, the first coming in similar circumstances at Oulton Park, has dropped him from second to fourth in the championship standings, seventy points shy of points leader Charlie Robertson.
“To be pushed off of pole position for the second time this year is absolutely gutting, and was an extremely disappointing way to end an already frustrating weekend,” said Pittard.
“The SV Racing team never gave up hope or determination to try and solve the issues we had and there was nothing we could have done about race three, so a huge thank you to them for their efforts.”
“Overall the weekend was very frustrating and disappointing. We have been plagued with car errors that really hindered our speed a progress, not giving us the results we clearly deserved. However that’s racing and we are now looking forward to making up for the lost points at Knockhill.”