The runner up in the 2014 Ginetta GT4 Supercup will make his endurance racing debut this weekend. David Pittard will join Team BRIT for the inaugural round of the Endurance Racing Series at Rockingham on Saturday, racing with two injured veterans.
Team BRIT, or Team British Racing Injured Troops, will run a single Miltek built Mk.6 Volkswagen Golf with Martyn Compton and Danny Holland at the wheel. The two veterans have been working on their racing career with the team and have benefited from BRDC Rising Star Pittard’s coaching from their Kartforce sessions. Mark Allen and Simon Khan will take their chance at the wheel at a later date.
Team boss Dave Player has lined up a range of partners to bring the four veterans through the ranks to an eventual 24 Hours of Le Mans debut. Former F1 World Champion Damon Hill and Le Mans winner Jonny Herbert are patrons of the effort while Britcar perennials Newbridge Motorsport are providing endurance racing experience.
The Team BRIT VW will race in class 5 in the three hour race which starts the new championship. Rivals for class victory include the Circlesigns entered Hyundai Coupe and Lohen’s MINI Cooper S. Unlike the class rivals, the VW will need special adaptations to accommodate the needs of its drivers. The team are still waiting for hand controls to be fitted for Allen and Khan, both of whom are above the knee amputees.
“Having worked with Team BRIT last summer as they closed their season as KartForce, I’m really happy to be back to help support their journey!” commented Pittard.
“With this weekend being the first time they will have raced the car it will be an opportunity to gain lots of track time and develop both the car and drivers from scratch.
“I’m impressed with Richard and his team from Newbridge Motorsport who will be a great asset to Team BRITs progress! Can’t wait to be back out on track!”
Other highlights from the ERS’ debut entry list include Motionsport who bring their Wolf CN prototype and the FF Corse run Ferrari 458 Challenge. Intersport Racing are bringing three cars, a Porsche 997 GT3 Cup, the team’s well known BMW M3 for Anna Waleska, the University of Bolton LMP3 driver and a Lamborghini Supertrofeo for Mark Radcliffe and Kevin Clarke.