Total Control Racing's Carl Breeze endured a mixed weekend during the latest rounds of the 2011 Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup at Rockingham, the G55 star winning the opening encounter before a pitstop mess left him last and a lap down in race two.
Breeze qualified himself on pole position for the first race, but a sluggish start saw him drop to second behind long-time rival Nathan Freke. Kings-Lynn based Breeze immediately sized-up a bid for the lead again and fought back at Deene on lap two before pulling clear to take his fourth win of the season.
TCR team principal Lee Brookes commented on the race: “Carl did a fantastic job, he really deserved that win after such a great drive. We made a slight set-up change to the car and it seemed to work well. After the disappointment at Knockhill where he had to retire from the last race, we're delighted to see Carl back on the top step.”
The second race made history as the first in the category's history to feature a mandatory pit-stop. Starting from pole, thanks to his earlier win, another poor start saw Breeze drop back, this time to sixth. Dropping another place a lap later, Breeze hoped to benefit from a swift pitstop to get back in contention.
However earlier contact had damaged his G55's air-hose, so with air-jacks not raising the car, the team needed to raise it manually. A great effort got the job done, but by this point Breeze was a lap down, leaving him fourteenth at the finish, though still just five points adrift at the top of the championship standings.
Brookes added: “We're really disappointed for Carl, there was the problem with the air-hose after some contact before the pit-stops but he's still in a good position in the championship and there's everything to play for.”