DOUBLE VICTORY FOR BREEZE AT BRANDS HATCH GP Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup title contender Carl Breeze continued his recent winning ways at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit today, Saturday, 1st May, with a pair of hard-fought race victories for Total...
DOUBLE VICTORY FOR BREEZE AT BRANDS HATCH GP
Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup title contender Carl Breeze continued his recent winning ways at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit today, Saturday, 1st May, with a pair of hard-fought race victories for Total Control Racing during the seventh and eighth rounds of the season.
Qualifying on pole position for the first of the weekend's encounters with a best time of 1m32.382 seconds (89.66mph), Breeze made an excellent start and fended off serious pressure from rivals Chris Dittmann, Tom Sharp and Benji Hetherington to take his second win of the year.
Starting round eight from pole by virtue of his finishing position in the first race, the TCR man again made no mistakes at all and soaked up race-long pressure from Sharp to do the double and move into a 31-point championship lead.
"It's never easy at Brands Hatch GP but to get more points is what we have to do to try and be in with a chance of the championship", said Breeze, "It's been a great day, two wins and pole position is another fantastic result for TCR."
Team-mate Joachim Ritter continued to show impressive speed during qualifying with the sixth fastest time of 1m33.177 seconds (88.89mph). Unfortunately, the Swiss-based racer wasn't able to convert his promise into deserved results when he was shunted out of the first race on the opening lap as the cars headed out of Paddock Hill Bend and up Hailwood Hill.
Although managing to bring his Ginetta G50 home in 13th place to salvage some championship points, the car was clearly carrying damage from the earlier incident. Ritter went on to finish an improved 12th in round eight but will be hoping for more tomorrow.
Speaking after the two G50 Cup races, TCR team principal Lee Brookes said: "Carl has been on fantastic form all weekend here, he did a good job in qualifying to take the pole and then to win both races was a great effort. He's driven very well this weekend so far, to take the championship lead as well is a bonus.
"We're obviously very disappointed for Joachim as he did a great job in qualifying to be on the third row and he would have been challenging in the lead group again without the first lap contact. He still managed to bring the car to the finish though and score points so that's the main thing."
Tordoff takes fourth podium of 2010 in Clio Cup
Wednesbury-based TCR also enjoyed podium success in the ELF Renault Clio Cup at Brands Hatch today with Sam Tordoff taking his fourth rostrum of the season to move back into second place in the driver standings.
Qualifying second on the grid to chief title rival Dave Newsham, Tordoff made a decent start to the race and pressured the pole-sitter early on before having to fend off the attentions of third placed James Colburn later on.
For team-mate Mike Robinson, a tricky start ruined his hopes of a podium finish when he slipped from third to sixth place through Paddock Hill Bend. Impressing once again with his qualifying pace, unfortunately Robinson was unable to capitalise but still did a great job to take a top six finish, just two 10ths of a second behind Fulvio Mussi at the chequered flag.
For James Dixon and Alistair Barclay, the weekend didn't start at all as well with the former unable to even take part in qualifying after his car was written-off during a major accident in Friday's second test session at the Kent track.
Running in the top four at the time and doing a superb job on only his second outing in a Clio Cup car, Dixon's accident ruled him out of the weekend but he hopes to be back in action at Oulton Park in Cheshire during the next two rounds in early June.
Racing rookie Barclay managed to qualify in the top 15 and also took the start of round seven. Sadly though, an excursion on the opening lap of the race resulted in damage to the front-left side of his car and an immediate retirement.
Brookes added: "It's great to take another podium with Sam, we all desperately want a win but if we can keep racking up these strong finishes we'll be happy. For Mike it was all about the start, he proved in qualifying how quick he is again but when he dropped back at the start that set the rest of the race for him.
"We're so disappointed for James as he did a fantastic job on Friday, he was driving really well. The accident was very unfortunate and it's such a shame the car had to be written off. Alistair did another solid job in qualifying but a moment on the Grand Prix loop ended his race unfortunately."
Round nine of the 2010 Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup will take place at 14.45 tomorrow, Sunday, 2nd May, with the sixth round of the ELF Renault Clio Cup following immediately after at 15.25. Both races are expected to be broadcast live on Freeview, cable and digital satellite channel ITV4.