Carl Breeze, Nathan Freke and Adam Morgan shared the wins in a competitive weekend in Rounds 15,16 and 17 of the 2011 Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup, with Breeze leaving the Norfolk circuit happiest with his championship lead extended. In the G50 class, a nightmare weekend for Tom Ingram allowed Jody Fannin to move one point behind in the class points, while Andrew Richardson enjoyed a superb double win.
In qualifying, it was local driver Breeze who took pole position with a best time of 1m 56.894s, with Freke 0.2s behind in second, Morgan third, Tom Sharp fourth and the returning Phil Broad fifth on his first time in a G55.
A great getaway at the start of the opening round saw Breeze lead the pack on the run to Riches, but Freke was close behind and made an ambitious move around the outside through the first corner, but he ended up slightly delayed, dropping behind Morgan into third.
Sharp followed in fourth ahead of George Murrells and Broad, while Colin White's race was over early when debris caused him an oil leak. Lap two saw Broad challenging Murrells for fifth, pulling off a superb move around the outside at Riches to take the place.
Ahead, Breeze was extending his lead and pulled clear to take the victory, despite being caught late on by Freke, who made his way past Morgan at the hairpin on lap five. Sharp took fourth ahead of Broad and Lee Pattison, this weekend making his debut in the G55's after previously racing a G50.
In the G50 class, Jake Hill, racing with his old Ginetta Junior team Tollbar, who are making their Supercup debuts this weekend, overcame early race leader Fannin to take his second class win of the year. Fannin held second ahead of Aaron Williamson, while class leader Ingram finished eighth after clutch problems.
The second race saw a great start from Freke move him into the lead at Riches, with a dragging clutch for Breeze giving him a slow getaway. The Total Control Racing man slotted into second ahead of Morgan though and pressured the leader over the first half of the race.
The gap between the top two was around 0.5 seconds for the first six laps, but then Freke began to pull away in his theplayer.co.uk/Century Motorsport G55 to take his fourth win in seven races, beating the new lap record for the Snetterton 300 circuit that he had earlier set.
Breeze took second, with Morgan once again third for his eleventh podium of the season, ahead of IDL's Sharp and JHR Developments Pattison. Sixth after a sensational drive through from dead last on the grid was White, with G50 race winner Andrew Richardson finishing seventh overall for his third class win of the season.
Fannin took second in class, with Louise Richardson taking a superb podium finish on her return to action after nearly five months out. Connaire Finn took fourth in class on his return to the series, with Ingram only managing fifth. Also making a welcome return to competitive action in a G55 was privateer Fergus Walkinshaw, uniquely in a car he built himself with help from Ginetta. He took ninth overall in race two after a race one retirement.
The third race saw the reverse grid put White on pole, with Pattison alongside him. A great start for Pattison put him on the outside of White on the run to Riches, but contact between the two sent Pattison spinning round and White off onto the grass, both recovering at the back of the pack.
This gave Morgan the lead, ahead of Sharp, Freke and Breeze. Morgan held the lead comfortably until lap eleven, when came under pressure from Sharp, who slid past at Riches, but ran slightly wide, allowing Morgan back past at Montreal, with Freke following through to take second. Morgan swept clear to take his secondwin of the season, while Freke just held off a determined Sharp for second. Breeze was close behind in fourth, ahead of Broad, Murrells and a recovering Pattison in seventh.
In the G50 class, Andrew Richardson started in front, but lost the class lead to Fannin when he was delayed by the spinning Pattison at the first corner. The Richardson Racing driver caught back up though and passed Fannin at Riches on lap seven, then cruising home for his second class win of the weekend and fourth of the season. Williamson completed the class podium after a close battle with Hill, while Ingram finished three laps down in last after his suspension broke.
Josh Fielding, brother of Ginetta Junior racer Sennan, was set to make his debut in the series this weekend for JHR Developments, but had to miss out after problems with his license.