Problems at Knockhill for Simon Pullan. Despite posting a second GTO class win with Rollcentre Racing at Silverstone last time out, Lincolnshire's Simon Pullan was unable to repeat the feat at Knockhill this weekend. His TVR Tuscan R was...
Problems at Knockhill for Simon Pullan.
Despite posting a second GTO class win with Rollcentre Racing at Silverstone last time out, Lincolnshire's Simon Pullan was unable to repeat the feat at Knockhill this weekend. His TVR Tuscan R was forced to retire from the race on lap fifty-four with drive problems.
Qualifying: 2nd in class, 7th overall: 51.214s
As has been established so far this year, team mate Martin Short was sent out in search of a' hot' lap during Saturday qualifying. Once again, the Rollcentre Racing entrant spent much of the session vying for class pole with the Porsche 911 of Tim Sugden. Both Short and Sugden split the fastest sector times, with Short marginally quicker in the first half of the lap.
Ideal weather conditions-- sunny and dry- greeted the fourteen car grid on Sunday afternoon as round four of the British GT Championship got underway with its customary rolling start.
Having elected to start the race, Martin Short was less than half a second behind the rival Eclipse Motorsport TVR Tuscan R of Ben McLoughlin and Shane Lynch at the end of lap one. Mindful of the need to break through the pack and create' clear air' in readiness for the driver changeover, Short snatched sixth position overall on lap four when the Eclipse car made a brief detour off the circuit.
Despite easing past the Eclipse machine, grass was pulled into the Rollcentre car and slowly but surely disturbed the delicate balance of the TVR Tuscan R. Although the engine temperature increased it stabilised at an acceptable level before the driver changeover.
When Short pulled into the pits at the end of his stint, Pullan was quickly belted into the Texaco TVR Tuscan R and sent out to complete the race. Disaster struck soon after however when a brake problem caused him to spin off the circuit. Fortunately he was able to rejoin the track without further mishap.
Passed by the orange Eclipse Tuscan R while working his way back up to race speed, Pullan's bid to regain position was hindered as the brake problem deteriorated. The onset of a terminal' drive' problem eventually forced Pullan to pull off of the track and retire from the race just twelve minutes shy of the one hour mark.
"I'm disappointed not to have finished the race as we were hoping to score some points here," Pullan commented."I knew that we had a brake problem when I got into the car.
As I was on my out lap I dabbed at the peddle to slow down for the corner and just didn't get the response I needed. Although I was able to rejoin after spinning out, I started to have trouble with the drive in all gears and so was forced to pull off the circuit."