Lynn race ace Carl Breeze boosted his hopes of making the switch to GT3 (Cup Grand Touring Cars) next season by landing a major endurance race in Portugal.
Breeze was part of a three-man Ginetta team to take the honours in the final race of the six-hour V de V series on the former F1 circuit at Estoril.
The Ginetta team, driving the Ginetta protype car, led from virtually start-to-finish to see off French manufactures Ligier and their LMP 3 cars.
Breeze gave the car a stunning drive, racing at speeds of up to 180mph, building a healthy lead for his co-drivers.
Victory was a major feather-in-the-cap for both Ginetta and Breeze himself, competing against the high-profile car makes of Ligier, Ferrari, Porsche and Mercedes.
A delighted Breeze, who took to the wheel for the first 140 minutes of the six-hour contest, said: “The prototype car is a step up from anything I’d be driving in GT3, so to get a win is an excellent achievement.
“It has certainly wetted my appetite to compete in GT3 next season and I’ve got something in my pocket now.
“Not only have I driven a fast prototype car, but the icing on the cake was winning against some top European drivers and cars.”
Breeze, who was joined by Colin White and Peter Belshaw, only had a few days to prepare for the Le Mans-style car, which comprised of a Nissan V8 five-litre engine with 580bhp.
“I only got the call on the Monday before the weekend, so we didn’t get much time to prepare,” explained Breeze.
“I’d never driven that type of car before and I knew I could do a good job, but I was still up against drivers who had been competing in those types of cars all season.
“It was a lot faster than what I have been used to. There was also a lot more to think about, including mandatory pit stops.
“We qualified fourth on the grid. I was a mixture of apprehensive and excited at the start of the race.
“It was very nerve-wracking, but I enjoyed every minute of it and it was great to lead an all-British line-up to victory.
“I would like to thank Ginetta for giving me the chance to drive the car.”
You can see Breeze and his Ginetta team-mates on their way to Portuguese glory on Motors TV (Sky channel 447) from 7.30pm tonight.