Breeze finishes third in championship race

Carl Breeze
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Lynn driver Carl Breeze finished the 2014 Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup by slipping to third in the final championship standings.

His team United Autosports has won the SuperCup Teams’ title on its debut after Breeze and teammate Luke Davenport posted five top-10 placings in the final two races at Brands Hatch at the weekend.

It marks the first team crown the Leeds-based team has ever won.

Breeze and Davenport finished third and sixth in the Driver’s category – former champion Breeze unluckily dropping from second to third when he retired from the final race.

Breeze made his customary lightning start in Saturday afternoon’s opening race on a drying track. He briefly snatched third before Druids but his car lost power and momentarily ground to a halt at Clearways, dropping to the back of the field in 18th place prior to a brief Safety Car period. The 35-year-old recovered well to take ninth to earn UA the team title.

Breeze again achieved ninth place in the second race on Saturday evening after being spun out of sixth with three laps remaining to end his title hopes.

More bad news followed in the third race on Sunday where Breeze’s race ended in the gravel at the first corner when he and two other cars attempted to go into Paddock Hill bend three abreast. This ended his hopes of finishing second. Breeze’s only other non-finishes came at Brands at the beginning of the season.

He said: “It has been a weekend from hell.

“We lacked pace in the wet which put us on the back foot for the races. I got a fantastic start in the last race, made up three places off the grid, which would have put me into P5 and gave the drivers on the inside plenty of room but they still managed to make contact with me around Paddock and spun me out.

“It’s a shame and I’m disappointed to have slipped to third in the final standings but overall I contributed massively to the Teams’ championship success. It was a learning curve for the team and I think they will take a lot from this season – including some silverware!”

Final Championship standings: Driver: 3rd Breeze, 615pts. Team: 1st, 1,066pts (+163pts).