Pullan gears up for Snetterton title fight. With only three rounds remaining of the 2002 British GT Championship, joint class leader Simon Pullan is gearing up for what promises to be another thrilling encounter in the three-way title bout for...
Pullan gears up for Snetterton title fight.
With only three rounds remaining of the 2002 British GT Championship, joint class leader Simon Pullan is gearing up for what promises to be another thrilling encounter in the three-way title bout for GTO series honours at Snetterton this coming weekend.
No less than four teams and seven drivers are in contention for the GTO class title, though Pullan and his Rollcentre Racing co-driver Martin Short are odds on favourites for the laurels with a ten-point lead over EMKA Porsche driver, Tim Sugden.
Pullan and Short saw their thirty point lead cut at Oulton Park last time out following a high-speed accident in torrential conditions on lap five of the race. Despite severe damage to the Xavex Texaco Mole Valley TVR Tuscan R, the Rollcentre Racing crew will re-build the car in time for round ten at Snetterton.
A four times race winner this season, the Rollcentre TVR Tuscan R should be ideally suited to the high-speed, 1.9-mile Snetterton track. With two of the longest straights in the country and speeds topping 150mph, the Tuscan R will be at its best at Sear at the beginning of the lap and Coram at the end of the tour.
"Snetterton is a good, fast circuit and the sort where our Tuscan R will excel, " Pullan comments. "Obviously the Porsches and Ferraris will still be forces to be reckoned with but we will be at our best on some of the most important parts of the track.
"The open nature of the circuit makes it liable to heavy gusts of wind but it's great for spectators and definitely somewhere I enjoy racing. I have good memories of Snetterton having won there more than once so more of the same would be nice.
"Martin and I still lead the GTO championship despite the events at Oulton Park so our strategy for the race remains the same. We'll be looking to extend the lead we have over Tim Sugden with a points finish the main priority."
Qualifying for round ten of the BRDC British GT Championship will begin at 3.20pm on Saturday August 31st with the race scheduled to start at 2.00pm on Sunday September 1st.