TORDOFF & BREEZE BACK ON THE PODIUM AT THRUXTON Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup front-runner Carl Breeze secured his first podium finish of the 2010 season at Thruxton on Sunday, 4th April, to move into third position overall in the driver standings ...
TORDOFF & BREEZE BACK ON THE PODIUM AT THRUXTON
Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup front-runner Carl Breeze secured his first podium finish of the 2010 season at Thruxton on Sunday, 4th April, to move into third position overall in the driver standings following the first three races of the year.
The Total Control Racing driver, who is unquestionably one of the favourites to challenge for this year's title, did a fantastic job during Sunday morning's second round of the G50 Cup to climb from fifth on the grid into a highly competitive third place.
Having fought through the order superbly during Saturday's season opener from an uncharacteristic 14th on the grid, Kings Lynn-based Breeze produced another tremendous drive in round two. Taking fourth from Tom Sharp on lap two, the TCR ace pressurised third-placed Chris Dittmann after a short Safety Car period and at the chicane on the final lap he grabbed third with a superb pass.
In round three, Breeze started fourth on the grid and managed to hold on to the placing to the finish just ahead of ever-improving team-mate Joachim Ritter. Struggling with a dislodged bonnet which hampered his vision, Breeze took the chequered flag just seven 10ths of a second clear.
Ritter produced inspired form this weekend and without the windscreen wiper problems which caused him difficulties in the wet on Saturday, his race drives in rounds two and three were hugely impressive and an indication of his burgeoning ability in Ginetta G50.
Starting the second round 12th on the grid, the Swiss-based Dane made rapid progress and quickly moved into the top eight ahead of Julien Draper and behind Matt Bell. Following a six-lap Safety Car period, called due to an accident involving championship newcomer Dan Denis, Ritter pressed on and gained a place into seventh when Tom Sharp had a last lap spin out of the top six.
In round three, the TCR cars ran line astern from lap five onward with Ritter ever-present behind his more experienced team-mate as he raced to a very strong fifth place finish -- by far his most competitive and impressive result since moving into the G50 Cup. Combining all three points scores from the weekend, he is fifth in the championship -- his highest ever placing.
Commenting on the weekend, TCR team boss Lee Brookes said: "Carl and Joachim had a great day on Sunday. Unfortunately Carl had some contact on the first lap of round three which meant the bonnet was flapping around a lot, causing him to lose pace as he couldn't see very well. Joachim was held up a bit by that but he's driven brilliantly this weekend, he's come on in leaps and bounds."
Tordoff makes it a double-podium in Clio Cup ELF Renault Clio Cup title contender Sam Tordoff secured his second podium of the weekend at Thruxton on Sunday during an action-packed, and very closely fought, second round of the year.
The Leeds-based racer, embarking on only his second season of car racing action, started the race third on the grid but didn't get away from the line as well as he wanted. Slipping to fourth he managed to stay ahead of TCR team-mate Mike Robinson who made a good start to get ahead of James Colburn through Allard.
Pressuring third placed Jake Packun, Tordoff got ahead on lap two with a great pass at the complex and he then set-about edging closer to Lee Pattison in second. Into lap eight, just nine 10ths of a second covered the top three and two laps later Packun managed to nip up the inside at the chicane to depose Tordoff to fourth.
Not allowing Packun to get away, he pressed on but one-time leader Dave Newsham started to struggle on the penultimate lap and so Tordoff moved into third as Newsham slipped back to the rear of the quartet.
Remaining incredibly close to the chequered flag on lap 12, Tordoff finished third just 0.3 seconds behind Packun and only a second behind winner Pattison. Robinson, meanwhile, held on to fifth place and managed to fend off Tom Carnaby on the final lap to take his best finish of the weekend.
Tordoff is third in the driver standings with 53 points, just three shy of early championship leader Newsham, while Robinson is fifth on 34 points.
Brookes added: "In Clios we wanted to win but to come away with two podiums, points in the bag, and with no damage from this event is a good thing. We weren't quite as quick as we'd hoped to be but I'm sure we'll be able to challenge for the win at Rockingham. Sam and Mike have both made a good start to the season, now we need to build on that."
There is now a three-week break in the calendar for the ELF Renault Clio Cup and Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup with the next instalment of each championship taking place on 24th/25th April at Rockingham in Northamptonshire.
-source: total control racing