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BGTC: Silverstone: Simon Pullan preview

Pullan ready to defend championship lead. British GT championship front-runner, Simon Pullan will head to Silverstone next weekend ready to defend his points lead in the GTO driver standings. Pullan and team mate Martin Short currently enjoy a...

Pullan ready to defend championship lead.

British GT championship front-runner, Simon Pullan will head to Silverstone next weekend ready to defend his points lead in the GTO driver standings.

Pullan and team mate Martin Short currently enjoy a five-point advantage over nearest rivals Godfrey and David Jones. Hot on the heels of their Porsche 911 is experienced GT campaigner Tim Sugden and co-driver Steve O'Rourke.

Simon Pullan.
Photo by Janet Pullan Photography.

"We had an encouraging weekend at Donington last time out because despite handling problems with the car, we still finished second and maintained the overall GTO class lead," Pullan said. "We are now entering a crucial part of the season. It is very important to put the pressure on the other guys and the best way to do that will be to go out and win at Silverstone. But even more important is to keep bringing the car home."

Pullan and Short began preparations for round three with a half-day test at Silverstone last Tuesday. With a two-week break between races, the Rollcentre Racing team concentrated on trying out new settings and gauging the performance of the Texaco Xavex TVR Tuscan R around the challenging Grand Prix circuit.

Despite a few teething problems, the session ended on a high note with much of the set-up work completed in readiness for race day. "Martin and I spent most of the day working on getting a good set up for the race," Pullan confirmed. "We're determined to defend our championship lead with a strong showing at Silverstone.

"We hit the ground running at the start of the season and now the other teams are starting to catch us up. With six races in four weeks this is the most important part of the year and Martin and I have each raised our game accordingly. We're raring to go and looking forward to taking the fight right back to the rest of the GTO field.

"The whole team are pushing for the championship and that means concentrating on solid point finishes rather than going all out for race wins. We believe we have a package capable of winning this championship and that's what we'll be focusing on in the coming races."

Round three of the British GT Championship will run as part of the three day LG Super Racing Weekend. In addition to the British GT and F3 races, the best of European motorsport will return to Silverstone after a one year absence. Heading the bill is the FIA GT championship. The series is commonly regarded as the next step on the GT ladder and for Pullan, the weekend is a chance to show what he can do in front of influential FIA GT team bosses.

"The FIA GT championship is the logical next step for me but I'm concentrating on getting the job done this year first. I'm very glad that the BRDC managed to secure our place alongside the FIA GTs as I think it is important to be in the shop window and let the team managers know that there is emerging talent coming from the domestic GT championships."

Also in action on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th of May will be the all-new European Touring Car series, the Lamborghini GTR Super Trophy and Eurocup Formula Renault.

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Series GT
Drivers Simon Pullan , Martin Short , Tim Sugden , David Jones