Podium for Pullan at Donington Park. Lincolnshire sportscar ace Simon Pullan claimed his second podium position of the year at his home circuit of Donington Park last weekend, taking second in class and fifth overall in his Rollcentre Racing ...
Podium for Pullan at Donington Park.
Lincolnshire sportscar ace Simon Pullan claimed his second podium position of the year at his home circuit of Donington Park last weekend, taking second in class and fifth overall in his Rollcentre Racing Texaco TVR Tuscan R.
2nd in class, 6th overall: 1:08.971s
As at Brands Hatch two weeks ago, Martin Short was sent out to qualify the car during Saturday's twenty-minute GTO session. With fourteen laps in the bag, Tim Sugden thwarted Short's aim of a second GTO class pole by one thousandth of a second.
2nd in class, 5th overall
Getting away well at the rolling start, Pullan set about improving on his sixth place as the field headed towards Redgate Corner. Having benefited from a poor start by GTO pole-sitter Steve O'Rourke, Pullan found himself dicing with the Jones twins' Porsche 911 for the GTO class lead.
Losing out to the Porsche, Pullan settled into the race and was firmly established in second place by lap three. Despite falling back from the runaway class leader, the Rollcentre TVR Tuscan R was able to maintain a comfortable gap back to O'Rourke with a series of consistent lap times averaging 1m 12s.
With a herd of GT cars vying for track position, Pullan marginally increased his advantage over the struggling O'Rourke Porsche but was unable to reduce the gap built by Jones.
As the driver changeover window opened at the twenty-minute mark, Pullan moved into fourth overall in anticipation of his stop half way into the sixty-minute race. A quick changeover saw Short into the car and back onto the track with the minimum of delay. A thrilling duel with the hard charging Ferrari of former champion, Calum Lockie and F3000 star Jamie Davies played itself out over the remaining race distance.
Second in class was enough to secure the GTO championship points lead, ahead of Tim Sugden and Steve O'Rourke.
"The race was interesting, especially when the Jones Porsche got in front of me on lap one," Pullan commented."I didn't see it as a problem because I thought that I could come back at it but on lap three the car started understeering badly and after that I had to settle for second best.
"I was pleased to hear that I was second fastest in class despite the problems. Overall I'm happy with the way things have gone this weekend; second is a good result and the championship is the name of the game. We knew when we came here that we needed a points finish to add to our win at Brands Hatch and that's what we've done."
Next Race: Silverstone May 3,4,5