BREEZE DOMINATES GINETTA G50 CUP FOR TCR ON OULTON RETURN Carl Breeze thoroughly dominated the 10th round of the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup at Oulton Park today, Saturday, 5th June, by taking pole position, victory and the fastest lap of the ...
BREEZE DOMINATES GINETTA G50 CUP FOR TCR ON OULTON RETURN
Carl Breeze thoroughly dominated the 10th round of the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup at Oulton Park today, Saturday, 5th June, by taking pole position, victory and the fastest lap of the race.
Marking the Total Control Racing driver's first visit to the Cheshire circuit since a massive accident during the corresponding race meeting last year, Breeze delivered a sensational performance to close to within just two points of championship leader Frank Wrathall.
Leading from lights-to-flag, the Kings Lynn racer was never troubled and looked in complete control throughout the 15 lap duration to win by over five seconds. The result also means he has the chance to produce a repeat performance tomorrow, Sunday, 6th June, during the 11th round as the grid order is determined by the results from this afternoon's encounter.
Speaking after round 10, Breeze commented: "The TCR guys have given me a fantastic car all weekend, from the off on Friday during testing we were really quick. Obviously, to bounce back like this after what happened at Oulton Park last year is incredible and it's a fantastic feeling to be standing on the top step of the podium this time and not lying down on a stretcher!"
Ginetta G50 Cup team-mate Joachim Ritter had a less fruitful outing today but certainly not for a lack of trying. Qualifying 11th on the grid, he ran on the fringe of the top 10 during the early stages but at Hislop's Chicane on lap two, contact to the right-rear of his car resulted in a problem thereafter with turn-in to left-hand corners.
Even so, Ritter fought hard and raced very competitively to maintain his placing on the edge of the top 10. In the end though, a highly unfortunate moment on the final lap dropped him down the order to an eventual finish of 18th position.
Commenting on TCR's Ginetta G50 Cup fortunes today, team principal Lee Brookes said: "Carl's really on it this weekend -- he's mustard. We're absolutely delighted for him to take the win, and to do so with a dominant performance. He really does deserve it after the bad accident last year and it's impressive he's been able to come back to Oulton Park so strongly.
"Joachim was unfortunate to have some contact quite early on but he drove well and raced hard as he always does. He's got nothing to lose tomorrow starting quite a way down the grid so hopefully he'll be able to have a strong drive through."
Tordoff takes another Clio Cup podium TCR's ELF Renault Clio Cup team were also in action at Oulton Park today with Leeds racer Sam Tordoff taking his fifth podium of the 2010 season and team-mates Mike Robinson and James Dixon finishing fourth and eighth respectively.
Realistically such was the closeness of competition between Tordoff and pole-sitterDave Newsham, whichever driver managed to nose into the lead through Old Hall Corner would most probably take the chequered flag as the winner 12 laps later.
As it turned out, that was indeed the case with Newsham just managing to fend off the TCR racer through the first turn and down to Cascades. From that point on, he remained glued to Newsham's rear bumper and ended the race a mere 0.5 seconds adrift.
Robinson ran a consistently strong fourth throughout the race and although coming under some fairly intense pressure from Lee Pattison throughout, especially during the latter stages, he held firm and enhanced his top three championship placing.
Rookie saloon car racer Dixon produced another strong, consistent run to bounce back well from his testing accident at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit during the previous event at the start of April. He fought hard with Jack Goff and although having slipped back to ninth Dixon managed to re-take the place on the final lap at the hairpin.
"Who won the race was determined at the first corner really", said Brookes, "It was that close, it was all about whether (Dave) Newsham or Sam got there first. From there, they were evenly matched so hopefully tomorrow Sam can go one better. Mike did well in fourth place, he's feeling confident at the moment, and James showed good pace again. He's still learning but he's really improving."
Round 11 of the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup is scheduled to take place at 15.10 tomorrow, Sunday, 6th June, with round eight of the ELF Renault Clio Cup following immediately after at 15.50. Both races are set to be screened live in the UK on Freeview, cable and digital satellite channel ITV4.