Pullan extends GTO championship lead with victory at Silverstone. Sportscar ace Simon Pullan cruised to a dominant class victory at Silverstone on Sunday in round three of the British GT Championship. Qualifying: 2nd in class, 5th overall: ...
Pullan extends GTO championship lead with victory at Silverstone.
Sportscar ace Simon Pullan cruised to a dominant class victory at Silverstone on Sunday in round three of the British GT Championship.
Qualifying: 2nd in class, 5th overall: 1m52. 360s
Rollcentre Racing team boss Martin Short clocked up most of the nine qualifying laps, with Pullan switching into the car for the final run. The Mole Valley Texaco TVR Tuscan R was once again pitted against the Porsche 911 GTO of Tim Sugden and Steve O'Rourke. Although Sugden came out on top at the end of the thirty-minute session, the Rollcentre duo were just a fraction of a second behind the GTO class pole of 1m52.355s.
Race: 1st in class, fifth overall
Lining up for the rolling start on row three of the grid, Pullan was demoted to third in class on the run through the first corner by the quick starting Eclipse Motorsport TVR Tuscan of Shane Lynch.
Pullan, 19, chased the fluorescent orange TVR Tuscan for the next couple of miles before setting up a passing manoeuvre and charging past mid-way through lap two. While the TVR Tuscan fell back into the clutches of the GT class Viper, Pullan eased away from the battle and started to build a comfortable cushion in preparation for the compulsory driver change.
By lap five, Pullan was comfortably ensconced in the lead pack and chasing the GT class Saleen of Ian McKellar Jnr. The teenager confirmed his pace three laps later, charging up to lap Donington Park adversary, David Jones. Despite being caught behind the Porsche for the next two tours, the Rollcentre car eventually powered past on lap ten.
With the first of the driver changes taking place later that same lap, Pullan moved up to second overall and continued to eke out a comfortable on-track advantage over his nearest GTO class rivals. Peeling into the pits on lap sixteen, the Rollcentre Racing team pulled off a lightening pit stop. Combined with the succession of quick laps Pullan had posted towards the end of his sector, Short exited the pits with a comfortable race lead.
Having built up a half lap advantage over second placed Tim Sugden, Short was pushed further into the lead when the Porsche spun out and was forced to make a second visit to the pits.
With just ten minutes remaining, Short had more than half a second in hand and was able to enjoy an untroubled cruise to the chequered flag.
"I didn't get the best start -- I had too much wheel spin in second and third- but the car was amazing today and I was soon able to make up the places I'd lost," Pullan commented. "I got stuck behind the Porsche we were lapping but we didn't lose that much time and once I'd got past him, I was able to build up a big cushion ready for the pit stop.
"The driver change went exactly to plan. We've made a couple of improvements on the car for the driver change and that allowed Martin to get into the car very quickly and then to get back out in the lead. Our lead just grew and grew and grew and by the end we had a gap of about fifty seconds back to the second placed car of Calum Lockie and Jamie Davies.
"It's been a great weekend of racing for us and we're now looking forward to adding more points to our tally at Knockhill."