VICTORY FOR BREEZE IN G50 CUP/ROBINSON TAKES SECOND CLIO PODIUM Carl Breeze made a welcome return to the top step of the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup podium for Total Control Racing during the fifth round of the 2010 season on Sunday, 25th April,...
VICTORY FOR BREEZE IN G50 CUP/ROBINSON TAKES SECOND CLIO PODIUM
Carl Breeze made a welcome return to the top step of the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup podium for Total Control Racing during the fifth round of the 2010 season on Sunday, 25th April, and backed the result up with another excellent second place in round six later in the day.
Marking the Kings Lynn driver's first win since his victorious hat-trick at Snetterton last August, Breeze produced a tremendous drive in slippery conditions to get back on the winning trail and consolidate second position in the championship standings -- within 18 points of the series lead.
After finishing a close second to chief title rival Frank Wrathall during Saturday's fourth round, Breeze steered his Blue Chip-backed G50 into the lead at the start of round five and never looked back. Although the race was punctuated by two Safety Car periods in quick succession, Breeze handled the situation well and also posted the fastest lap of the race in the process.
Team-mate Joachim Ritter came within just a handful of laps of taking his first ever Ginetta G50 Cup podium during the first of Sunday's races, a tremendous drive seeing the Swiss-based racer climb from seventh on the grid into the top three by lap 11. Unfortunately though, a spin at Deene Hairpin three laps from the finish ended his very realistic rostrum hopes but he managed to recover in 12th.
Ritter went on to finish ninth during the sixth round later in the day with another excellent drive to conclude the second weekend of the campaign a highly creditable seventh in the championship standings. There's no question, it's only a matter of time before the ever-improving TCR racer achieves his maiden category podium.
In round six Breeze came through from fifth on the 'reverse' grid with a sterling performance to seal his third trip to the rostrum of the weekend. Combining the points scored by both team-mates, TCR is just six points shy of the lead in the entrant's championship.
Lee Brookes, TCR team boss, commented: "Carl and Joachim have both produced some absolutely excellent performances this weekend, we're delighted with the results they've achieved. Joachim proved he has the pace to be on the podium and it's only a matter of time before he makes it, he really did deliver some fantastic pace at Rockingham.
"It was important for Carl to get a win and great for everyone to see him back on the top step of the podium. To take a win and two second places is a terrific weekend's work for him and the team and we're looking forward to Brands Hatch now next weekend."
Robinson leads the way for TCR during second Clio encounter ELF Renault Clio Cup regular Mike Robinson enjoyed the best weekend of his career at Rockingham with a brace of highly competitive podium results to move into the top three in the championship ahead of team-mate Sam Tordoff.
Backing up a strong third place from round three with an even better performance in round four on Sunday afternoon, Robinson made a great start to slot into second place behind pole-sitter Dave Newsham and he harried the series leader all the way to the chequered flag on lap 14.
Posting a fastest lap just a 10th of a second outside the best of the race, the Surrey driver kept up the pressure well on Newsham but just wasn't able to execute a decisive pass during the closing stages as his tyres started to lose grip. In the end, he took the flag just 1.1 seconds adrift in second place.
Tordoff was the unfortunate victim of opening lap contact and was forced to retire, dropping him to fifth in the points, just four behind Robinson, while saloon car newcomer James Dixon delivered a strong drive to take his second ninth place finish of the weekend even though he was struggling with damaged steering.
Racing rookie Alistair Barclay, meanwhile, continued his steep learning curve very well indeed and finished in a highlycreditable 12th position. Impressively, his quickest lap time was just eight 10ths of a second outside Robinson's best.
"Mike was really strong this weekend and hopefully he can keep that level of performance during the rest of the season with some consistently good finishes, he's shown what he can do", said Brookes, "Sam had an unfortunate end to his weekend but that's the way it goes sometimes, he'll be back battling at the front next weekend.
"James was in the wars a little bit too but did well to bring the car home as the steering was knocked out following some contact. He took two good top 10 results this weekend so we're very pleased with that for his debut in a Clio. Alistair did very well for his first ever race full stop, his pace was extremely encouraging and we hope he'll be back out with us at Brands Hatch."
Rounds five and six of the ELF Renault Clio Cup and rounds seven, eight and nine of the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup will take place on 1st/2nd May at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit in Kent.