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Alex DrabbleLeading team SV21 got their Ginetta GT5 campaign off on the right foot this weekend (Saturday, 30th March), with David Pittard and Alex Drabble showing well at Cheshire’s Oulton Park circuit.

Pittard, a former Britcar ace, stunned his championship counterparts when he qualified 2nd for Rounds 1 & 2 of the Ginetta backed series, having only previously driven in the dry once on the Friday of the event. Whilst Drabble, entering his second season of car racing with no previous experience, just missed out on a top ten birth for both races in 11th.

Round 1 saw Pittard surge off the start line to lead at the first corner, before a racing incident between Luke Davenport, sent the SV21 driver wide. Pittard recovered in dead last, with it all to do around the renowned circuit.

Showing well after his first corner incident, Pittard set numerous fastest laps as he worked his way through the field to a creditable sixth position at the Chequered Flag.

Former Formula Ford racer Drabble, sealed SV21’s second top ten with an impressive eighth place finish on his debut in the series.

Round 2 saw Pittard make another textbook start, this time settling into second position during the opening lap of the race.

The front four of Brad Bailey, Pittard, Davenport and Oli Basey-Fisher soon pulled away from the remaining pack, and while running bumper-to-bumper with Bailey, Pittard slipped back to fourth position whilst making a move to take the overall lead of the race.

Pittard continuously looked for options to propel him into a podium spot but ran out of time over the seven-lap period.

Drabble rounded off the second race of the day in 11th position after a race long battle with Stewart Linn and Neil Delargy, with sixth to eleventh position covered by a mere 2.5 seconds.

SV21’s presence remained in the final race of the weekend. Starting from fourth position, Pittard jumped into the lead where he was to stay for the majority of the race.

With three laps to go Pittard came under increased pressure from Bailey, eventually leading to him being nudged out as the pairing headed into Old Hall. Pittard remained hot-on-the-heels of Bailey in second position before a spin at Lodge Corner on the final lap of the race saw him limp across the line in fourth position.

Drabble failed to end his impressive debut weekend on a high in Round 3. Starting from 11th position, the London based driver wound his break bias too far forward, leading to a retirement at the halfway point of the race.

“I’m pleased that we set some good foundations for the year ahead,” said SV21 Director Piers Masarati. “We’ve shown that the cars possess great pace, which bodes well for the next round at Rockingham in May.”

“David had a strong start to his campaign and showed that he will be aiming to fight at the front going forward, this will provide a solid benchmark for Alex, who is only entering his second season of racing with no karting experience.”

Rounds 4, 5 & 6 of the Ginetta Junior Championship will get underway at Northamptonshire’s Rockingham Motor Speedway on 4/5 May.

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Pittard BritcarDavid Pittard has kicked started his Britcar campaign with a stunning second place finish in his first ever endurance race at Donington Park.

Despite the team only acquiring the car a week prior and the drivers not even having seen it until the Friday night, David was confident that he could reward the Strata 21 team with a solid performance at Donington circuit.

As qualifying approached it was decided that team mate Adam Sharpe, being the more experienced of the driver line up, would qualify first and perform all the system checks on the newly acquired Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. After confirming all was OK, Sharpe preceded to set a solid ‘banker lap’ before coming in to the pits to hand over to David’s second team mate Tom Jones to complete his 15mins. As the session drew to a close it was the turn of Pittard, who took to the car like a duck to water, and preceded to set a time that qualified him an incredible 2nd, just 0.1 second of pole position.

“It was awesome to get back into the Porsche again after such a long time out of the seat. I had a massive grin on my face from the moment I pulled away – I’d forgotten how fast that car is!”

“Once I got comfortable with the car I decided to go for a lap, and managed to put in a time good enough to qualify the car in 2nd in class, just 0.1 second of pole. It was a really positive start to the day!”

With qualifying completed it was now down to David to familiarise himself with endurance race strategy and driver change procedures, something he had yet to experience in his short race career to date.

“During the break between qualifying and the race we sat down and devised our strategy. From this we decided to stick with the same driver order as we did for qualifying, and then set about practicing pit stop driver changes, which was another new feature to some of us in the team!”

As the race start time approached the track remained dry, and as the green lights went out team mate Adam Sharpe proceeded to take the class lead as the pack headed into turn 1, setting the Strata21 team up with the perfect start to their Britcar campaign.

“Adam started the race really well immediately getting into the class lead as well a gaining 3 places over all, putting a gap between himself and second place which really helped when the first safety car came out”

After a good stint and with the race timer counting down, the car was called in to the pits from the lead and it was the turn of Morgan racer Tom Jones to take to the track, just as the weather looked to be turning for the worse.

“Tom had a tough stint as it showered a lot throughout, coupled with a few safety cars which also would have upset his flow. However he drove solidly in very tricky conditions, which at times looked  almost bad enough for wets!“

As Tom completed his stint and made his way to the pits from a solid second place it was finally David’s turn to face the tough conditions, and following a excellent driver change and quick fuel he headed out onto the track to commence his first ever Britcar race.

“We decided to triple stint the tires as the damp conditions hadn’t taken much life out of them. When I started my stint it was very wet still so after the adrenalin of jumping in the car quickly and getting out on track asap, it was a case of keeping it calm and getting use to the car in the wet conditions”

“I got my head down knowing that we had pitted in second place and the Lotus we were racing only had to make 1 stop, however we had a good race and weren’t too far behind.”

Driving with immense maturity and good pace, there was still one last new experience to come for the young Brunel University student when again the safety car was called out, bunching the pack back up.

“My stint was broken up by another Safety car. There was some confusion when they waved me and a few other cars past to make up a lap which I thought at the time was a good thing, however the leader pitted which meant everyone was waved past, levelling things out again”

“However when the leader joined the track I was 3rd in the safety car train, the 2 cars in front were waved past on the back straight and then I was waved past on the start finish straight, I tried to catch the back of the safety car train up again before the pack was released however I couldn’t catch up in time”

With the safety car now in and the cars again under race conditions, Pittard was unable to claw back any of the time lost to the lead Lotus. Undeterred however, he set about reeling in the cars in front in a bid to put pressure on the leader.

“I continued to push throughout the last 10mins catching and passing a class 3 car for 8th overall. Steve then informed me that I was a long way from the car ahead and pulling away from the car behind, so we decided to settle in to a good rhythm and bring the car home in second.”

As the chequered flag dropped Pittard brought the Strata21 Porsche home in a fantastic second place on both the cars and importantly David’s Britcar debut.

“As I crossed the line I was extremely pleased! It’s a great result to build on, and I can’t wait until Snetterton 300 on the 12th of May, a massive thanks to Strata21, Strata Motorsport, My Dad, Podium PR, and everyone that supported me in my first weekend!”

David Pittard, 19 from Letchworth Herts will get the chance to showcase his extraordinary talent and current dominance of the Silverstone Tyres MR2 Championship in front of some of the most influential people in Motor Sport when he supports the FIA Formula Two Championship at Brands Hatch on the 23rd-24th July.

“I am really excited to race at such a prestigious meeting as F2. ” Said Pittard “Not only that, but racing on the GP circuit in front of a huge crowed is going to be a major highlight for me.”

The races, which form rounds 7&8 of the 14 race calendar, will adopt a slightly longer 20 minute format and be preceded by an equally longer practice session around the Kent circuit.

“I am very confident we can come away from Brands with 2 more wins, just like we did in the opening rounds last month” grinned a confident Pittard.

“I will make sure I am at my very best to give my fans and supporters 2 more wins in front of the massive crowds! I cant wait!”

David is already working tirelessly on generating his race budget for next season, which should see him progress up the ladder into the British GT & F3 supported VW Cup Championship. The opportunity for him to perform on a stage such as F2 in July will greatly assist him in attracting the support he needs to ensure that next step is taken.