DOUBLE WIN FOR BREEZE EXTENDS HIS G50 CUP LEAD Carl Breeze pulled further away at the top of the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup championship standings at Snetterton in Norfolk today, Saturday, 7th August, after taking two very popular race victories...
DOUBLE WIN FOR BREEZE EXTENDS HIS G50 CUP LEAD
Carl Breeze pulled further away at the top of the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup championship standings at Snetterton in Norfolk today, Saturday, 7th August, after taking two very popular race victories at his local track for the Total Control Racing team.
The Kings Lynn driver, who now leads the way by 34 points, was in great form throughout today's action at the 1.95-mile circuit. Starting off by securing pole position during qualifying, Breeze went on to take two very important wins in the 15th and 16th rounds of the campaign.
Getting away well at the start of the opening encounter, Breeze was never headed on his way to the sixth win of the year for TCR. Originally opening up a two second gap at the front, his advantage was nullified on lap four following the deployment of the Safety Car due to an accident at Riches Corner.
Undoing all of his hard work, the re-start meant Breeze was back in the clutches of his pursuers and although he was put under serious pressure he handled it perfectly to keep chief rival Frank Wrathall at bay by a few 10ths of a second at the chequered flag on lap 14.
In round 16, which took place on a drying track, the pole-sitter again made the position count by holding the lead through Riches for the first time. Pressured hard during the early laps, the complexion of the race changed on the fifth tour when Wrathall made contact with the rear of Breeze's car at Sear as the pair braked hard in the difficult conditions.
The result was an unfortunate moment for Wrathall which dropped him down the order but Breeze managed to continue without delay and raced to an eventual winning margin of over 10 seconds from his closest challenger Tom Sharp.
Team-mate Joachim Ritter did a good job to qualify within a second of Breeze's pole position time in 13th place and to go on to record a top 14 finish in race one and an improved 11th place result in the second outing, especially bearing in mind he's feeling seriously under the weather this weekend.
In difficult conditions in round 16, the Swiss-based driver coped well and his lap times were within nine 10ths of a second of those managed by Breeze. Combining today's results, Ritter is tied in 10th place in the championship on 162 points.
TCR team principal Lee Brookes said: "We're delighted to take another two wins with Carl, he did a great job and exactly what he needed to do -- take more points away from Frank (Wrathall). Joachim hasn't felt at all well this weekend so to take two good finishes is as much as we could ask of him."