Breeze joint-top of early leaderboard

Pic: Graham Holbon
Pic: Graham Holbon
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Lynn race ace Carl Breeze made a superb start to his Ginetta GT4 Supercup campaign held at Brands Hatch over the Easter weekend.

Breeze scored a trio of second place finishes to jointly top the championship leader board with HHC Motorsport team-mate Jamie Orton and became the first driver in Ginetta history to score over 100 podium finishes during an illustrious career to date.

Breeze 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 led on the timing screens. Qualifying brought overnight rain and tricky conditions but hitting traffic on his fastest lap resulted in Breeze lining up third on the grid for Saturday’s afternoon race.

A trademark rocket start saw Breeze up to second off the line and throughout the race he was glued to the bumper of Orton where they would stay until the chequered flag.

Sunday’s first race again saw Breeze line up second on the grid and more overnight rain made it extremely difficult to overtake as there was only one dry racing line.

Again Breeze stayed in touch with team-mate 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.

The third and final race saw Breeze line up in fifth due to the top six cars being reversed on the starting grid. Impeccable race craft is required on a circuit that is notoriously hard to overtake.

This is where Breeze 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 chase the race leader. Breeze recorded the fastest lap but couldn’t find a way through as the eventual winner had used his extra two new tyre allocation whereas Breeze elected to save his for another meeting where tyre wear is more crucial.

Another second 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.

The 91 points scored overall was in stark contrast to the 22 he scored at the same point last year. Breeze now heads to Donington Park next weekend.

He said: “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.

“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.”

n Any local companies interested in supporting Breeze for the rest of the season in which the racing is broadcast live on ITV4 and with race day attendances totalling 40,000, please contact Carl@breezecarl.wanadoo.co.uk

Carl thanks his sponsors: Bluechip.co.uk, Graham Holbon Photography, Graham & Leigh, HHC Motorsport, Forma Fitness & Mr.Snippers.