MORE CROFT PODIUM SUCCESS FOR BREEZE & TORDOFF Total Control Racing enjoyed yet more podium success in both the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup and ELF Renault Clio Cup championships at Croft in North Yorkshire on Sunday, 20th June, thanks to excellent...
MORE CROFT PODIUM SUCCESS FOR BREEZE & TORDOFF
Total Control Racing enjoyed yet more podium success in both the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup and ELF Renault Clio Cup championships at Croft in North Yorkshire on Sunday, 20th June, thanks to excellent performances from Carl Breeze and Sam Tordoff respectively.
In the Ginetta G50 Cup, points leader Breeze increased his advantage at the top of the standings to 18 points over chief rival Frank Wrathall with two more third place finishes -- each worth second place points though due to category 'guest' driver Stefan Hodgetts not being eligible to score.
Lining up third on the grid for round 13, Breeze came under pressure early on from Wrathall but did a good job to defend and then pulled out a gap as the race progressed to finish over 2.6 seconds clear and just seven 10ths of a second behind Hodgetts.
In round 14 Breeze steered his G50 to third position on the road once again, this time from fourth on the grid, and -- very importantly for the championship -- passed Wrathall en-route when the latter ran wide at Sunny In while dicing with Hodgetts on lap five.
Running in fourth place at that point, Breeze then moved up to third when returning G50 Cup driver Nigel Moore hit the kerbs too hard at the chicane on the eighth tour and crashed out. In the end, the TCR ace sealed his third podium of the weekend to close-out the first half of the season in style.
Team-mate Joachim Ritter continued to battle an arm injury throughout Sunday's action but he did a remarkable job in the second of the two races in particular, the Switzerland-based driver rising from 12th on the grid into the top six. His pace was mightily impressive too, lapping within just over half a second of Breeze's best.
In round 13, Ritter finished 11th and combined with the points from the other two races this weekend he has moved back inside the championship top 10. In addition, the efforts of Breeze and Ritter at Croft have also lifted TCR back into the top two in the team's standings.
In Sunday's Clio Cup encounter Leeds-based Tordoff, who sees Croft as very much a home event, finished in third place to record his eighth podium from the 10 races contested so far. Beginning the encounter from fourth on the grid, Tordoff benefitted at the start when team-mate Mike Robinson was delayed through the first couple of corners and slipped to fourth on the run to Tower Bend.
Luckily, the pair weren't caught up in the multi-car contact which ensued at Clervaux and managed to remain line astern for the remainder of the 13-lap race -- including a single lap Safety Car period on the second tour -- to finish third and fourth, just 0.8 seconds between them.
James Dixon, who had an unfortunate retirement on Saturday, bounced back well with a fine top seven result after climbing through the order neatly from 12th on the grid. Negotiating the problems at the first corner on lap one very well. Dixon made up all of his ground on the opening tour and finished a relatively lonely seventh in the end to bag more vital championship points.
Commenting on Sunday's action at Croft, TCR team boss Lee Brookes said: "Carl's results were as good as wins for us really in the G50s over the weekend, all we needed to do was to beat Frank (Wrathall) and that's what Carl did. He used his head very well indeed and didn't get involved.
"Joachim still had problems with his arm but he drove really well, especially in the last race to climb into the top six. He had very good pace as well which was great to see, he's definitely battled hard this weekend and done a top job for us."
Brookes added: "In Clios, Sam and Mike were right up there again and it's just a shame they couldn't both be on the podium. Both drivers were really quick and Mike did well to keep (Fulvio) Mussi behind him. James was disappointed to have retired from Saturday's race but he did a great job to come through in seventh in race two. We're still hunting that first win of the year but it'll come!"
TCR now has a seven week break from competitive action with the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup and ELF Renault Clio Cup resuming over the weekend 7/8th August at Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk.