Lynn’s Carl Breeze has expressed his frustration after a torrid weekend on his home circuit of Snetterton.
Breeze relinquished his lead in the Ginetta GT4 SuperCup after suffering a major mechanical problem in the opening race on Saturday.
An incident with Will Burns on the run out of Agostini two laps from the end came when the pair were battling over second place.
A sudden loss of power for Breeze saw him slow down the straight and Burns behind with nowhere to go. Contact with the rear left of Breeze sent him spinning into the armco and instantly out of the race, before Burns was forced into retirement himself.
Breeze said: “I was holding my own in second, then coming out of Agostini, I got a load of lights on the dashboard and the engine died on me.
“With Will so close behind, he didn’t have enough time to react and hit the back of me, which spun me into the barriers and caused a lot of damage to the car.
“It’s a major disappointment, as it’s been six months of hard work to get into this position,
“Then in two meetings we’ve had two mechanical failures through no fault of my own or the team, which has cost me a lot of points and put me right on the back foot in the championship battle.
“I don’t think we got what we deserved out of the weekend.”
Starting from the back of the grid and with a championship title to battle for in Sunday’s opening race, Breeze powered up to seventh over the opening lap.
With Ollie Jackson up ahead, the former championship leader tried his upmost to get around the Century Motorsport car, but failed to make a move stick. With Burns hot on his heels – setting a new lap record along the way – Breeze was forced to defend.
In Sunday’s final race, Burns and Breeze swept into third and fourth respectively.
Breeze eventually succumbed to Tom Oliphant’s advances as the race entered its final stages, and the latter was soon onto the tail of the Michael Caine/Burns skirmish.
On the final lap, Oliphant, Caine and Burns were reminded that ‘three into one don’t go’ after making contact at Montreal. After the race, Burns was penalised and put behind Caine in the results, putting them 11th and 10th respectively. This promoted Breeze into a podium position – his first of the weekend.
Breeze now finds himself third in the overall standings, behind HHC Motorsport team-mate Jamie Orton and new championship leader Oliphant going into the next round at Knockhill on the weekend of August 22 and 23.
Breeze thanks Bluechip, HHC Motorsport, Holbon Photography, Mr Snippers, Forma Exercise and Fitness, Graham and Leigh, and @GPlummerMedia for their continued support.