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BGTC: Croft: Simon Pullan preview

Simon Pullan aims for more points at Croft. Rollcentre Racing's Lincolnshire hotshoe Simon Pullan is gunning for a podium position at Croft this coming weekend in round five of the British GT Championship. Despite a last minute gearbox glitch...

Simon Pullan aims for more points at Croft.

Rollcentre Racing's Lincolnshire hotshoe Simon Pullan is gunning for a podium position at Croft this coming weekend in round five of the British GT Championship.

Despite a last minute gearbox glitch two weeks ago at Knockhill in Scotland, Pullan and his team mate Martin Short continue to lead the GTO team and driver standings.

"Although we didn't quite manage to finish the race at Knockhill we didn't leave empty handed after completing just 1% more of the race than was required to be classified," Pullan explains."The depleted grid in Scotland meant that we picked up points for 7th so all in all, it could have been worse.

"With the Knockhill problems now behind us, we fully expect to be back on the podium at Croft. The TVR Tuscan R made its debut there last year and without some of the success ballast we've been forced to carry in recent rounds, the car will run 10kg lighter than it did at Knockhill."

The challenging 2.127 mile circuit in Darlington, North Yorkshire is a GT favourite as it throws a little bit of everything into the usual British GT mix of driver changeovers and pit stop strategy.

Although the notoriously tricky Sunny In-Out complex demands absolute technical perfection, the careful driver can shave fractions of a second from his lap time in qualifying and snatch back chunks of time in the race over less than careful rivals. While the high speed section from Tower allows the car to stretch its legs, many a daring overtaking manoeuvre has been launched in the final corner due to its very slow speed.

"Croft is an interesting circuit to drive as it requires inch perfect placement followed by bursts of high speed," Pullan comments."If the weather is good there should be a good crowd but whatever the sky plans to throw at us, I'm sure it will be a fantastic race."

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Series GT
Drivers Simon Pullan , Martin Short