Lynn’s Carl Breeze was in winning form during the latest rounds of the Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup at the weekend.
The HHC Motorsport driver claimed his first success of the season, and another podium spot in the opening race, during the two days of action at Donington Park.
Following his first race victory of the campaign, Breeze said: “It’s fair to say I am really pleased with the win, the race was all about using my race craft to maximise my position on the circuit.
“It was tough. I got a great start from P3 and I went between the two cars off the line and just about managed to squeeze into first by the first corner.
“After that the first lap was a bit fraught.
“I had one car just touch me slightly on the rear and get past me but I got back into first.
“I don’t think we had the outright pace maybe to have the quickest car out there but I used a bit more race craft intelligence really.
“It was about placing the car in the right places into some of the corners where I was vulnerable and making sure I got a good exit.”
A start line incident for Chris White and Mitchell Hale led to the deployment of the safety car on lap one, but not before Breeze and Tom Oliphant jumped Jamie Orton to take first and second respectively.
Racing recommenced on lap five, with the top four running nose to tail.
Defending champion Orton found his moment on lap 12, as Oliphant made a move on Breeze to take the race lead.
Orton followed him through, thus demoting the 2012 champion to third, and the order remained the same to the flag.
In the second outing of the weekend, Oliphant found himself in an Orton and Breeze sandwich as the cars headed into Redgate, and it was the determined Breeze who emerged in the lead.
After a few nudges between Orton and Will Burns, the latter ran wide at the Old Hairpin, dropping him to fifth, and in the ensuing shuffle allowed Breeze to pull away out front.
But Orton was keen to challenge for the win, and reeled in his teammate with the fastest lap of the race, but Breeze used his vast track experience to keep his arch rival at bay.
After 16 high-intensity laps, Breeze managed to hold onto the lead to claim the race win, crossing the line half a second ahead of Orton, with Oliphant following them in third.
The reverse grid draw for the final race saw another lightning start by Breeze, which saw him him vying for the lead with Michael Caine, Orton and Burns going into the first corner.
Breeze was squeezed out wide and the race soon settled into a pair of fierce battles as Caine, Oliphant and the former fought over third place.
In the first of the squabbles, a great move by Oliphant to pass Breeze at the halfway point saw him move up to fourth – just behind Caine – but try as he might to unsettle the former British GT ace, Caine held firm and retained third place at the flag, with Breeze finishing in fifth.
“I got another good start from P4 on the outside and it looked as though I could maybe get into the lead, but then I got pushed wide on the exit and I lost three places on the run down to turn two,” said Breeze.
“It was more good points for the weekend. The aim was 70 points-plus, but I think we came away with 81 so it was another increase in points.”
Breeze is just behind Orton in the overall championship standings with Oliphant sitting in third.
The Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup returns at Thruxton during the weekend of May 9/10.
n Breeze thanks sponsors Bluechip, Holbon Photography, Mr Snippers and Forma Fitness for their continued support.