ANOTHER WIN FOR BREEZE AS TORDOFF EDGES CLOSER TO CLIO SUCCESS Total Control Racing's Carl Breeze continued his fantastic form at Oulton Park on Sunday, 6th June, to record his fifth victory of the 2010 Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup season and open...
ANOTHER WIN FOR BREEZE AS TORDOFF EDGES CLOSER TO CLIO SUCCESS
Total Control Racing's Carl Breeze continued his fantastic form at Oulton Park on Sunday, 6th June, to record his fifth victory of the 2010 Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup season and open up a three point lead in the championship standings.
As during the first race of the weekend, Breeze dominated round 11 from pole position and ended up with a 3.5 second winning margin. Lining up on pole position by virtue of his finishing position from Saturday afternoon's race, Breeze got away cleanly and after seeing off chief title rival Frank Wrathall at the first corner -- Old Hall -- he never looked back as he capped off a superb weekend.
Bearing in mind the huge accident which effectively ended his 2009 title bid at Oulton Park last year, Breeze's performance this weekend was all the more impressive and comes as a timely reminder of the former British Touring Car Championship racer's genuine title credentials.
TCR team-mate Joachim Ritter, who had to start round 11 down in 18th position after a late-race moment during the opening encounter, did very well to battle his way through to the fringe of the top 10 -- especially in light of a bizarre electrical problem. By lap two, the Switzerland-based driver was in 16th place and three laps from the finish he had made his way into 11th position.
Unfortunately though, a problem with a fuse linked to a gearbox pump failure resulted in him dropping down the order to an eventual finish of 16th place, one lap down. Noticing the related fuse on the dash having popped out, Ritter had to drive the circuit holding the fuse in but each time he went to change gear, the fuse would pop back out -- clearly costing him a huge amount of time.
"Carl has been unbelievable this weekend, to come back so strong after the accident last year is superb", said team boss Lee Brookes, "We knew he had the pace, especially with how strong he was during testing on Friday, but to actually come through and deliver two dominant wins is fantastic.
"Joachim was very unfortunate, he did well to come through from the ninth row of the grid to the back of the top 10 and deserved a strong result. The problem with the fuse was quite bizarre but they are designed to pop out if there's a failure on the car. At least he scored a few points which keeps him on the edge of the top 10 in the championship."
Elusive Clio Cup victory within TCR's grasp
Sam Tordoff was once again within touching distance of his first ELF Renault Clio Cup race win of the season during round eight on Sunday, the Leeds racer finishing just 0.3 seconds behind points leader Dave Newsham.
As during Saturday's encounter Tordoff was never more than a few 10ths of a second behind. Such was his pace, he posted the fastest lap of the race, and new lap record, of 1m35.217 seconds as he did everything possible to try and force Newsham into a mistake.
Although disappointed to have missed out on taking that elusive victory, Tordoff's second place result continues his record of finishing on the podium in every race he has completed this year -- the only exceptions are two unfortunate retirements, one each at Rockingham and Brands Hatch.
Team-mate Mike Robinson, who following Sunday's race has slipped behind Tordoff in the driver standings to fourth place, couldn't recover from a less than favourable start and after slipping to ninth position on lap one -- having started on the second row -- he eventually finished in eighth.
James Dixon, meanwhile, raced competitively to a ninth place finish in the wheeltracks of Robinson with just half a second separating the TCR pairing at the chequered flag. Posting a fastest lap three 10ths of a second quicker than Robinson's best, and within 0.3 seconds of Tordoff's lap record, the Clio Cup rookie underlined his promise and potential once again.
"We're still waiting for that Clio win, there's absolutely nothing between Sam and (Dave) Newsham", said Brookes, "We couldn't have asked any more of him, he challenged hard but the difference seems to have just been qualifying -- if we can find that extra 10th of a second to get pole position then we know Sam can do the job and get back on the top step. It's so close between them.
"Mike had a bad start and that set the scene for him, there was no coming back after that. His pace was good but overtaking proved to be difficult so he had to settle for eighth. James is still learning how to get the most from the Clio but he stayed close behind Mike and came home with another top 10 finish so we're pleased with that, his pace was solid and he's shown good potential again."
TCR will be back in action just two weeks from now, 19th/20th June, at Croft in North Yorkshire for the ninth and 10th rounds of the ELF Renault Clio Cup and the 12th,13th and 14th rounds of the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup.