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Friday, October 26, 2012
At the end of a 27-race season, just five points separated the top two contenders in this year’s Ginetta GT Supercup series with Carl Breeze being crowned champion after a nail-biting finale.
“To win the championship is absolutely brilliant after being over 100 points behind the leader at one point,” said Breeze. “The TCR team have done an amazing job with the car, it’s been faultless.
“I dedicate this to my late sister Sarah, who was a massive supporter of my career. At certain points of the season I felt she was watching over me, keeping me out of trouble on the track,” added an emotional Breeze in his post race interview with ITV4’s Steve Rider.
The King’s Lynn racer snatched the championship lead away from Tom Sharp, who had led the series since winning the first race at Brands Hatch, when his rival was unable to take part in the opening event after a driveshaft failed.
Breeze, who only qualified in fifth place, quickly took advantage of his opponent’s misfortune to move by Jake Hill and slot into third place. He then slipped into second place when Tom Ingram, who had a slim outside chance of the title, fell back.
Starting race two from alongside race one winner Mark Davis, Breeze led the early laps until Davis went by and then didn’t put up too much resistance when Andrew Richardson demoted the Bluechip-supported car to third, three laps from home, with Sharp right in his wheel tracks as the pair crossed the finish line.
The final race had a reversed grid with Breeze starting from fourth place and Sharp third. Breeze held a 15-point advantage but still needed a fourth place to ensure that he would be crowned champion even if his rival won.
Ingram led away with Sharp and Breeze making contact at the opening corner. “Tom hit me twice, which knocked my steering out,” explained Breeze, who settled into fourth place. Once Sharp had slipped past Ingram for the lead on the third lap, Breeze fought hard to demote Hill from the final podium place.
As he has done all year, Breeze calmly waited for an opening and when one appeared he slipped into third place, which would be sufficient for the King’s Lynn racer to be crowned champion.
“He (Jake) made it hard. I got the cut back but he could have turned me around but thankfully didn’t,” said Breeze of his pass on the car which he had originally started the season in, before swapping back to his former team, TCR, mid season.
“This championship win will take a while to sink in, we have achieved the most podiums, so we feel it is well deserved, a great team effort.”