Lynn’s Carl Breeze was hit by drive-shaft problems in the latest round of races in the Ginetta GT4 Supercup – but it didn’t stop him from clinching his 150th podium in the British Touring Car support series.
Breeze finished third in the second outing at Croft, before eventually being promoted to second, after Jamie Orton was hit with a hefty race penalty for an overzealous move on Michael Caine.
It was a memorable moment for Breeze, who now holds a 22-point lead at the top of the leaderboard going into the summer break, to savour.
Breeze said: “I’m very proud of getting my 150th podium and there’s not too many drivers who can lay claim to that.
“Hopefully I can add another 10 or 11 podiums to that before the end of the season. If I can do that I will know I will have a very good chance of being crowned champion.
“I was well on target for my 70-point weekend target until my drive shaft went in the last race but still ended up with 53.
“If I hadn’t retired in the last race I could have perhaps had a 48 or 49-point lead, but I’m still delighted to be going into the summer break as championship leader.”
The weekend had started in the worst possible way for Breeze, who was forced to start the first race from the very back of the grid after his drive shaft snapped in qualifying.
But it didn’t stop him from completely stealing the limelight in the opening race with a brilliant display of driving.
He stormed from last on the grid to fifth overall during a scintillating first lap, before taking fourth from Ollie Jackson and closing in on the top three.
He was forced to settle for fourth but his exploits from earlier in the race earned him more points for the fastest lap.
Race two saw Tom Oliphant get a better start as he held onto the lead into the first corner, keeping his rival Caine tucked in behind while Breeze, Jackson and Somerfield completed the top five.
With Oliphant up the road, Caine, Orton and Breeze ran nose-to-tail for the best of the rest.
An ambitious move by Orton to pass Caine at the final hairpin at the end of lap three saw Orton push the Amigos car into a spin.
A photo finish for third place saw Breeze just manage to keep his nose in front of Jackson.
After the race, Orton’s misdemeanour saw the popular Lynn driver promoted to second and Jackson to third.
Breeze retired at the end of lap one of the third and final race as his drive shaft problems returned.
He will now enjoy a summer break before the next gathering at Snetterton in six weeks’ time, where the second half of the Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup will kick into high gear.
Breeze thanks Bluechip, HHC Motorsport, Holbon Photography, Mr Snippers, Forma Exercise and Fitness, Graham and Leigh and @GPlummerMedia for their continued support.