ROBUST G50 CUP AFFAIR ENABLES BREEZE TO INCREASE POINTS LEAD Total Control Racing's Carl Breeze increased his lead in the 2010 Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup at Silverstone National Circuit on Sunday, 22nd August, after fighting his way back through...
ROBUST G50 CUP AFFAIR ENABLES BREEZE TO INCREASE POINTS LEAD
Total Control Racing's Carl Breeze increased his lead in the 2010 Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup at Silverstone National Circuit on Sunday, 22nd August, after fighting his way back through the order brilliantly following an early race incident involving chief rival Frank Wrathall.
Clearly the class of the G50 Cup this year, Kings Lynn-based Breeze and his championship sparring partner have been very evenly matched throughout the campaign so far but this weekend Breeze has taken a significant step forward even though missing out on a race win.
Round 19 on Sunday morning may have been a turning point with just nine races remaining as with Wrathall failing to finish, TCR man Breeze has been able to open up a 28 point lead at the top of the championship table.
Lining up second on the grid for the second Silverstone encounter alongside his rival, Breeze was initially challenged on the opening lap by eventual race winner Benji Hetherington but he repelled the attack and made sure of second at Becketts. Rapidly closing on pole-sitter Wrathall, who eked out an early advantage, by lap two into the complex Breeze was right on his tail.
Into Brooklands, Breeze carried greater speed into the turn on the outside line and nosed ahead of Wrathall as they passed through the left-hander but on the exit Wrathall leant on the TCR car and both ran wide onto the grass on the inside of Luffield.
The contact resulted in an instant retirement for Wrathall while an unfortunate spin for Breeze was well controlled and although dropping all the way down the order to 17th place, he managed to mount a great fightback.
Taking seventh place in the end, less than a couple of seconds shy of the top six, Breeze was promoted a further position post-race when original top five finisher Chris Dittmann was given a time penalty following a last lap incident.
TCR team-mate Joachim Ritter's race was compromised from the beginning when a problem with his gears surfaced and gradually got worse throughout the 25-lapper. Fighting on the fringe of the top 12 early on, the Switzerland-based driver could do nothing to prevent an eventual drop to 15th place and in the end he finished two laps down as he was forced to tour slowly to the chequered flag.
"Carl did well to come back through into the lead group after the lap two tangle, he did exactly what he needed to and in the end it's actually worked out quite well for us in the championship with Frank (Wrathall) not finishing -- that's done us a favour", said TCR team principal Lee Brookes.
"Joachim had some problems being stuck in gear which was a real shame, he was back to himself this weekend after feeling under the weather at Snetterton so it's disappointing for him and very unfortunate for the weekend to have finished that way."
There are just two weeks to wait for the next instalment of both the Ginetta G50 Cup and Renault Clio Cup, each category visiting Knockhill Circuit in Fife on 4th/5th September. For TCR's Clio Cup trio, the event will mark their maiden experience of the Scottish track with the championship having last travelled north of the border back in 2005.