Total Control Racing enjoyed a hugely positive weekend in the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup at Croft, with Carl Breeze taking the championship lead after three top five finishes and team newcomer Tim Harvey taking his maiden Supercup win in just his second race in the series.
Harvey showed superb pace on his debut in the Ginetta G55, ending up as the best of the TCR drivers in qualifying. His time of 1min 25.116s was 0.140s faster than Breeze, the duo lining up third and fourth on the starting grid for the first race.
Harvey slipped to fourth on the opening lap, but fought back at the start of lap three, however he was edged close to the pit-wall, forcing him to back out. This delay allowed Breeze into fourth, but Harvey fought back three laps later and regained the place, going on to challenge for third again. His race was over on lap ten however, contact with a tyre-stack at the chicane causing a broken steering arm when he was closely challenging for third. This allowed Breeze up to fourth and despite slipping to sixth soon after, he fought back and took fourth at the flag.
Commenting on the race, Team Principal Lee Brookes said: “It's disappointing neither Tim or Carl could be on the podium as they both deserved to be today. They had good pace, were very evenly matched, and were just unfortunate to miss out. Carl's in a better position in the championship now though and we know Tim will be fighting hard tomorrow – he's adapted to the car fantastically well.”
Sunday's first race took place on a drying track, with drivers opting for different tyres choices. Harvey, at the back after his retirement in the race before, went for slick tyres and he quickly climbed the order early on, up to fifth by lap two behind Breeze. Dispatching his team-mate easily, he continued to press on and took the race lead on lap five. He controlled the race and took the race, with Breeze coming home in fifth for more vital championship points.
The weekend's final race saw the reverse grid but Breeze on pole. He remained at the front until getting passed on lap five, but held second comfortably and finished on the podium, taking the series lead with it. Harvey meanwhile had worked his way into third, but after a short safety car period, found himself spun by a rival at the hairpin, retiring shortly afterwards with damage.
Brookes concluded: “It's great for the team Tim was able to come in and gel so well. We always knew he'd do a fantastic job but for him to have won in only his second race in the Ginetta is tremendous. Carl used his head throughout the weekend, in terms of points he did exactly what he needed to and now he's back on top of the championship which is fantastic for all of us.”