Breeze maintains G50 Cup lead with third podium of weekend In the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup, local driver Carl Breeze almost made it three wins out of three on Sunday but a late-race Safety Car period prevented him from having the opportunity to...
Breeze maintains G50 Cup lead with third podium of weekend
In the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup, local driver Carl Breeze almost made it three wins out of three on Sunday but a late-race Safety Car period prevented him from having the opportunity to attack championship rival Frank Wrathall for the round 17 victory.
Starting the race from sixth on the grid, the Kings Lynn driver moved into fifth on lap two and on the third tour he took fourth place. Continuing his rapid progress, even with bodywork damage, the championship leader grabbed third from Tom Sharp at the Esses and after pressuring second placed Freddie Hetherington for several laps he made his move, again at the Esses, on lap eight.
Quickly reeling in Wrathall, Breeze looked very comfortable as he closed in on the race lead but a collision further down the order resulted in the Safety Car being deployed and the race was subsequently red flagged on lap 12. With the result declared from lap 11, Breeze finished in second place, just 0.8 seconds behind his rival.
Danish driver Joachim Ritter continued to feel the effects of his flu-like symptoms on Sunday but produced an excellent performance to rise into eighth position -- from 11th on the grid -- and set a best lap within just half a second of Breeze's quickest.
Coupled with his results from Saturday's pair of races, the Swiss-based businessman has held on to a top 10 placing in the driver standings, albeit tied on points with reigning Ginetta G20 Champion Mark Davies.
"It's been a very strong weekend for Carl, he always goes well at his home track and I think Sunday's race was perhaps one of his best drives of the season", added Brookes, "We knew he would come through from sixth on the grid but we didn't expect him to get the job done so quickly, especially with the problem with the dislodged bodywork.
"We're really pleased to see Joachim take a top eight finish -- he was under the weather all weekend so did very well to complete all three races. It's been a tough event for him but he's come through it in the championship top 10 so we're very happy with that."
Silverstone National Circuit in Northamptonshire is the next port of call for TCR just two weeks from now, 21st/22nd August, for the 13th and 14th rounds of the ELF Renault Clio Cup and the 18th, 19th and 20th rounds of the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup.