BREEZE & WRATHALL SHARE THE ROCKINGHAM SPOILS Total Control Racing's Carl Breeze and Dynojet's Frank Wrathall took a win apiece during the fifth and sixth rounds of the 2010 Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup at Rockingham today Sunday, 25th April, with...
BREEZE & WRATHALL SHARE THE ROCKINGHAM SPOILS
Total Control Racing's Carl Breeze and Dynojet's Frank Wrathall took a win apiece during the fifth and sixth rounds of the 2010 Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup at Rockingham today Sunday, 25th April, with Wrathall now holding an 18-point lead in the championship standings.
Very evenly matched throughout the weekend both drivers proved to be the class of the field with Breeze delivering an excellent performance in slippery, damp conditions during this morning's fifth round and Wrathall dominating the second of the day's races.
Breeze's victory marked his first success since a winning hat-trick at Snetterton during the middle part of the 2009 campaign and added to a second place behind Wrathall in round six, the Kings Lynn driver holds the runner-up spot in the championship by 69 points.
Starting round five alongside pole-sitter Wrathall on the front row, Breeze made the better getaway to lead through Turn One while Wrathall slotted into second ahead of his team-mate Adam Morgan and IDL's Tom Sharp.
As the top two started to break away from the chasing pack early, Morgan and Sharp were joined by Mark Davies, Benji Hetherington and Joachim Ritter with Davies grabbing third place at Yentwood momentarily on lap two before losing the position again to Morgan.
Due to an unfortunate retirement for Chris Dittmann at Yentwood, the Safety Car was deployed on lap three and at the re-start at the beginning of lap six Breeze managed to hold off Wrathall as Ritter moved up into an excellent sixth place due to the demise of Hetherington in the gravel at Pif-Paf.
This led to the almost immediate re-deployment of the Safety Car with the second re-start coming on lap nine, Breeze again doing what he needed to in order to fend off Wrathall. Davies and Morgan continued to trade third place behind the lead duo, just as very light rain started to fall, while the fight over fifth developed between Sharp and Ritter.
On lap 11, Ritter -- having the drive of his career -- took third place at Tarzan with a great move up the inside as Davies and Morgan battled on the outside of the hairpin. Unfortunately though, the TCR man had a spin at Deene on the following tour just as he looked all set for a maiden podium.
Davies therefore took third place back but he too spun on lap 12, the Optimum driver's indiscretion coming at Tarzan, which enabled Morgan to move back ahead while 'guest car' driver Kieran Vernon moved up into fourth after getting past Julien Draper and Sharp.
For Morgan, third place marked his first visit to the rostrum of the season while Vernon's top four result capped off a very impressive drive from 18th on the grid. Colin White, meanwhile, took the Chairman's Cup class win in 10th position overall.
Speaking after the race, winner Breeze said: "The start was great, I managed to pull out a gap for the first couple of laps and then the Safety Car enabled me to cool the tyres down. After the second Safety Car, the track dried more so it became trickier on the wets but it all worked out well for us in the end. It's great to bring the Bluechip car back on to the top step of the podium with a win."
Third placed Morgan commented: "I made it hard for myself but managed to come out of it with a podium so I'm very happy. I have a great team in Dynojet behind me and they gave me a great car this weekend so this result is thanks to them."
In round six, Wrathall came through from fourth on the 'reverse' grid to lead by the time he headed into Deene Hairpin on lap two. Draper started on pole position in his Barwell Motorsport machine and did well to remain close to the front during the early going, but by the start of lap three he had slipped outside the podium placings.
Vernon and Morgan battled over second behind Wrathall while Breeze had moved up to fourth, from fifth on the grid. On lap five Vernon retired which left the way open for Breeze to quickly move into second place when Morgan was forced to pit for a drive-through penalty for jumping the start, a mistake shared by Dittmann who also had to serve the same penalty.
While all of this was happening, Benji Hetherington superbly sliced his way through the field from a lowly 18th on the grid and by lap six he was into fourth place behind his less experienced brother Freddie in the sister Century Motorsport car. On lap seven, Benji grabbed third place and remained there to the chequered flag on lap 16 for his second podium of the weekend.
Wrathall won by three seconds from chief rival Breeze with the Hetheringtons in third and fourth, Stephen Tyldsley a strong fifth and Tom Sharp sixth. The returning Tom Dunstan took seventh ahead of Alice Powell who just managed to fend off Ritter. With Colin White unable to start the race, Tony Hughes took the Chairman's Cup win.
Round six winner Wrathall commented: "The reverse grid can work for you or against you, it cost me at Thruxton but today it went well and I was able to come through to the front quickly. To take two wins from three races this weekend, and second place in the other, is good -- I'm really pleased."
There is only a week to wait until the next instalment of Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup action with rounds seven, eight and nine taking place at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit on 1st/2nd May.
Provisional 2010 Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup Championship Positions (after Rd6): 1st Frank Wrathall, 193pts; 2nd Carl Breeze, 175pts; 3rd Tom Sharp, 106pts; 4th Benji Hetherington, 101pts; 5th Chris Dittmann, 94pts; 6th Stephen Tyldsley, 92pts