Blue Chip race ace Carl Breeze made a superb start to his Ginetta GT4 Supercup campaign held at Brands Hatch over the Easter weekend. Carl scored a hattrick of second place finishes to jointly top the championship leader board with team-mate Jamie Orton. The cherry on top of the weekend seen Carl became the first driver in Ginetta history to score over 100 podium finishes during an illustrious career to date.
Carl had been in scintillating form in pre-season testing topping every test day time and the form continued into the official test where he again ended up 1st on the timing screens. Qualifying brought overnight rain and tricky conditions meant that an early lap time was needed before the wet tyres went away, hitting traffic on his fastest lap resulted in Carl lining up 3rd on the grid for Saturday’s afternoon race.
A trademark rocket start saw Carl up to 2nd off the line and throughout the race he was glued to the bumper of Jamie Orton where they would stay in unison until the chequered flag.
Sunday’s first race again saw Breeze line up 2nd on the grid and with more overnight rain it made it extremely difficult to overtake as there was only one dry racing line. Again Breeze stayed in touch with team-mate Jamie Orton and ahead of his other racing stable mate Will Burns to record a 1-2-3 finish for the HHC Motorsport team, a feat never achieved in Ginetta GT4 Supercup history before.
The third and final race saw Carl line up in 5th place due to the top six cars being reversed on the starting grid. Impeccable race craft is required for this kind of race as you have to battle to the front of the pack on a circuit that is notoriously hard to overtake. This is where Carl excels and a lightning start saw him jump two cars on the run up to the first corner Paddock Hill bend. After five laps he was past ex British GT Champion Michael Caine with a great inside move into Clearways and he now had a two second gap to close down to the race leader. Carl chipped away at the deficit and in doing so recorded the fastest lap of race to close right onto the leader’s tail. Try as he could Carl couldn’t find a way through as the eventual winner had used his extra two new tyre allocation whereas Carl elected to save his for another meeting where tyre wear is more crucial. Another 2nd place finish was his reward for an excellent weekend and he left Brands Hatch a happy man sitting at the top of the championship pile.
91 points scored overall from the weekend was in stark contrast to the measly 22 points he scored at the same point last year, so it was a mega positive to start the season in such a strong fashion. Carl now heads to Donington Park next weekend (18th/19th June) where he will be hoping to further extend his championship lead.
“It was a great start to the season for me and the pre-season preparation of testing really helped me to get off to a great start. To come away with three podiums and a new record of 102 podiums and counting was of great satisfaction for me, we are now heading into a run of circuits that really suit my driving style. My new team did a brilliant job with the car and they came away with a total of 13 podiums throughout all of the different series they compete in, so it really was a great effort by everyone associated with them”! Said Carl.
Photography by Graham Holbon Photography