Blue Chip's Carl Breeze Takes Emotional GT Supercup Title Win
Blue Chip racing driver Carl Breeze realised his dream of becoming Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup Champion at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit on Sunday, 21st October, amid incredibly emotional scenes – the Kings Lynn driver poignantly dedicating the title triumph to his late sister, Sarah, who tragically lost her life in a road accident a decade ago.
Managing Director of Blue Chip, Brian Meredith who has sponsored Carl Breeze since 1996 was one of the first on the phone on Sunday to congratulate him on his remarkable achievement. "This is an amazing result for everyone involved with Carl and one that has been well deserved. We have been sponsoring Carl for well over a decade and have watched him grow throughout the years into one of the best and most consistent racing drivers on the BTCC events schedule. This was proven this year with a run of 18 podiums out of a possible 19, which included 6 wins to secure the Championship."
Having been so close to sealing the championship over the past two years with Wednesbury-based TCR, the task this season looked near-impossible for race ace Breeze with a deficit of almost 120 points to make-up at one stage, before rejoining Lee Brookes’ squad in time for the fourth event of the year.
Putting together a sensational campaign since, Breeze took the championship lead for the first time during round 25 on Saturday, 20th October, with second place before adding two further podium finishes in round 26 and 27 to claim his first title since winning the Formula Renault UK single-seater championship back in 2001.
“It’s been a hard, long fight, we were over 100 points down at one point – TCR is the best team in the country”, said the 33-year-old, “I’d like to dedicate this championship win to my sister, Sarah, who lost her life 10 years ago. She last saw me win the Formula Renault UK Championship – this is for you sis.”
Race Day Summary:
Qualifying fifth on the grid for race one, Breeze’s cause was helped when points leader Tom Sharp had a driveshaft failure at the start. Paving the way for the Norfolk racer to make gains, he surged off the line into third place before moving into second on lap five where he stayed to the finish.
Starting round 26 from the front row of the grid, Breeze managed to hold second and into Westfield he grabbed the lead with a superbly determined move. With conditions unbelievably difficult, he was the first to explore the grip levels and on lap six he slipped to second and defended brilliantly but had to cede second two laps from the finish.
In the decisive final race of the year, round 27, Breeze was fourth on the ‘reverse grid’ and although tagged a couple of times by Sharp at the start the Blue Chip man maintained his composure. Running in fourth, he took third on lap four where he remained to the finish to be crowned 2012 champion.
Not only does the title win mark Breeze’s first since he came to prominence in Formula Renault UK in his early 20’s, the championship is the first drivers’ crown for his team TCR since guiding Jonathan Adam to the SEAT Cupra Championship title in 2008 – three years after he won the Clio Cup crown with TCR.
“It’s great to get the job done”, said team principal Brookes, “We’ve been so close the last couple of years, Carl used his head this weekend and did exactly what he needed to. With him not starting the season with us, from that far back in the points when we came back into the championship in June we really didn’t think there’d be a chance to challenge for the title. That makes it more special.”
Event Organiser at Blue Chip, Billy Conway said “ it is really nice to see Carl get some good luck after coming so close in the last 3 years, finishing 3rd in 2009 and 2nd in 2010 & 2011. Watching the racing unfold had to be the most nervous I have ever been in my life, with every bump or slide sending my heart racing. I can only imagine how Carl was feeling in the car and the sense of relief and joy when he finally took the chequered flag. Myself and everyone at Blue Chip would like to send out a big congratulations and well done to Carl and his team TCR, who’s hard work and dedication secured the Championship Title.”
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Carl would like to thank the following sponsors for their support in 2012: bluechip.co.uk, Graham Holbon Photography, McDonald’s Lynn, Allsigns, Mr. Snippers and Forma Fitness.
Final 2012 Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup Driver Standings:
CHAMPION: Carl Breeze, 719pts