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BGTC: Simon Pullan to race Spa 24 hours

Joint British GTO Championship leader Simon Pullan will make his endurance racing debut in a TVR Cerbera at the Spa 24 Hours this coming weekend with Rollcentre Racing team-mate Martin Short and TVR works driver, Rob Barff. The trio will...

Joint British GTO Championship leader Simon Pullan will make his endurance racing debut in a TVR Cerbera at the Spa 24 Hours this coming weekend with Rollcentre Racing team-mate Martin Short and TVR works driver, Rob Barff.

The trio will campaign Rollcentre's former British GT entrant for new owners, Veryplast Racing. "I'm delighted to be racing in the Spa 24 Hours, " Pullan commented. "Although I've never driven the Cerbera, I believe it's very similar to the Tuscan R Martin and I race in the British GT Championship.

"The aerodynamics will be slightly different and the Cerbera is a little bit heavier but a lot of the development parts we've had for the Tuscan R have also been made for the Cerbera. TVR have created an up-to-date engine for us to use in the 24 Hour race and I'll have plenty of time in the car during the practise sessions to dial myself in."

At 19, Pullan will be one of the youngest entrants in the 24 Hour race. Despite his youth, he's partnered Short to four British GTO race victories already this season and is a previous winner at the Belgian track, taking victory in a Caterham race early last year on his way to the 2001 EuroCup title.

"Spa is a fantastic circuit and one that I remember well from my Caterham days," he says. "It's challenging for the driver and a great place to race. The first few laps are unbelievable so to have a whole 24 hour race there will be something special. I won the first of my two Caterham races at Spa last year and finished fourth in the other after leading at one point on the final lap."

The TRV Cerbera will be run by Rollcentre on behalf of Veryplast Racing. As Pullan explains, the team's primary aim is to complete the twenty-four hour race distance. "Our main objective is for the car to take the finish. We'll be doing our utmost to perform as well as possible for the car's new owners and to prove that TVRs can be successful in endurance racing. A good result will hopefully pave the way for TVR to enter a car at Le Mans next year."

-spr/ra-

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