MACDOWALL & BREEZE ENJOY MORE PODIUM SUCCESS FOR TCR Two Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup podiums for Total Control Racing's Carl Breeze and another for the team's lead ELF Renault Clio Cup driver Alex MacDowall at Donington Park on Sunday, 17th May, ...
MACDOWALL & BREEZE ENJOY MORE PODIUM SUCCESS FOR TCR
Two Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup podiums for Total Control Racing's Carl Breeze and another for the team's lead ELF Renault Clio Cup driver Alex MacDowall at Donington Park on Sunday, 17th May, capped off another successful weekend for the Wednesbury squad.
On a day when changeable weather resulted in some difficult tyre choices, TCR had a successful run with Breeze maintaining the lead in the Ginetta G50 Cup driver standings thanks to his seventh and eighth podiums of the campaign in rounds eight and nine -- a brace of second places.
Team-mate Joachim Ritter was in fine form throughout the weekend at the East Midlands track, the Danish driver continuing to improve with every outing since he joined Lee Brookes' team after the first event of the 2009 season.
In round eight Ritter took a season best seventh place after an impressive drive and entertaining battle with Swedish racer Hampus Rydman, while in round nine he backed up his great weekend's work with a fighting eighth place.
Fulvio Mussi, of course, was unable to take part in Sunday's action after his car received a huge amount of damage in a multi-car collision during the seventh round on Saturday afternoon. The team will be working flat-out over the next fortnight in order to get the machine repaired in time for the next event at Oulton Park in Cheshire which takes place on 30th/31st May.
In the ELF Renault Clio Cup, MacDowall made a welcome return to the podium with second place in round six of the season -- the teenager crossing the line just four 10ths of a second shy of race winner Aron Smith. The result means MacDowall is currently third in the championship.
Team-mate Mike Robinson made it two TCR cars in the top six, the second year racer climbing from eighth on the grid and moving into the top six in the driver standings after another solid haul of points over the weekend.
Rookie Sam Tordoff, meanwhile, consolidated his place in the championship top 10 with another good drive to 11th position. Continuing to move forward as the season progresses, he ended round six as the best placed category newcomer.
"It wasn't our best weekend considering the damage to Fulvio's car but we didn't do too badly with Carl taking a couple of podiums", commented team principal Lee Brookes, "We were strong in testing but never quite got it together over the weekend. Joachim improved a lot this weekend, he's the one who has improved the most and I'm chuffed to bits with what he's achieved.
"The Clio boys all did a good job as normal, Alex wasn't far away from that first win, but because we've been having some good wins in G50 and podiums in both, we do feel like we didn't perform to our best. We know where we could have improved though so that's the main thing."
Oulton Park Island Circuit in Cheshire will host the fourth race meeting of the 2009 season a fortnight from now, 30th/31st May, featuring rounds seven and eight of the ELF Renault Clio Cup and the 10th and 11th rounds of the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup.