Carl Breeze continued his stranglehold at the top of the Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup standings with another big points haul at Oulton Park over the weekend. The Blue Chip racer bagged second spot in Saturday’s first race before claiming victory in Sunday’s action in what is fast becoming a two-horse race for the title. It took Carl’s podium tally to ten out of a possible 11 this season, but, more importantly, it keeps him 33 points clear of closest rival Jamie Orton at the top of the standings.
Carl said: “It has been another very good weekend for me because points-wise Jamie only reduced the gap at the top by a point. In the grand scheme of things he would have been hoping to reduce my advantage by more so we will still go to Croft with a healthy lead. We had two really good battles over the weekend. In the first race we pulled 16 seconds clear of the car in third, but I couldn’t force him into an error. On Sunday I managed to force him into a mistake and he tried to gain an unfair advantage when going back in front. We will go again at Croft and if I can have another good weekend I will go into the summer break with the Championship lead.”
It was the HHC Motorsport team who secured a clean sweep in qualifying again with all the teams drivers starting in the top 3. A storming start for Jamie Orton saw him hold off Carl into Old Hall for the first time. As the race played out, Carl hassled Jamie for most of the encounter and, despite his best efforts, he was unable to find a way past. During his hot pursuit, Carl twice smashed the track record which he had previously held since 2012.
Jamie started the second race from pole position, and with his Ginetta G55 GT4 car angled to block Carl off the line, it was no surprise to see him lead into Old Hall at the first time. But his lead was short-lived however, as he overcooked the entry into turn one at the start of lap two and gifted the advantage to Carl. Carl forced his rival into taking a huge gamble to reclaim the position and after making contact with Carl he continued over the grass verge cutting the corner. Although his title rival held on to the lead to the flag, he received a 1.4s penalty after the race for cutting the corner and that handed the points and the win to Carl.
The Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup reconvenes at Croft Circuit, in North Yorkshire, over the weekend of June 27.
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