Former front-running Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup team Total Control Racing have announced a return to the series for the remainder of the 2012 season, with Carl Breeze and Jamie Orton moving back to the team.
The Wednesbury-based outfit put out cars in the series last year; however left the series at the start of this campaign after being unable to get deals together with prospective drivers. The team will return from the fourth event of the season next month at Oulton Park, running the Supercup duo alongside their AirAsia Renault Clio Cup UK cars.
For Breeze, the new deal sees a return to the team with whom he's raced for the last three seasons. Budget restrictions ahead of the 2012 campaign forced a move to rival outfit Tollbar Racing, but the 32 year old is now back with the team that took him to second in the standings in 2010 and 2011.
Breeze said: “It feels like coming home. I'm really looking forward to being back with TCR and I want to get back to winning ways. I knew Lee [Brookes – TCR team principal] was keen to have me back in the team and we wanted to be there, but we've had a situation with our budget this year which has made things difficult. Luckily, we've now managed to do a deal for the rest of the season.
“We're quite a long way behind in the championship but, as we saw last year, it can all change pretty quickly. If we can start off with some good results at Oulton Park I know we can put the pressure on, and I'm confident I'll have a car capable of winning races at every circuit we go to. I'm delighted to be back with the team and looking forward to working closely with Jamie.”
Former Caterham racer Orton meanwhile made his debut in the Supercup with TCR in last year's championship finale and returns to the team after running his own G55 for the first three meetings, taking a maiden category podium on the opening weekend.
Orton commented: “I'm really excited to be back working with TCR, when I debuted in GT Supercup with the team last year everything was great. So far this year I have struggled a bit without a team-mate and with Carl [Breeze] back onboard at the team, that's what I need – a quick team-mate and the chance to work together on the data and find out where I need to improve.
“I really want to do a good job for Lee [Brookes] and the guys, they always put their heart and soul into everything they do. The whole team puts so much effort into giving its drivers the best possible equipment, they're so into the detail of everything and always want to go out there and win.”
TCR Team Principal Lee Brookes added: “It's fantastic news for everyone at TCR we're back in the GT Supercup. We know we've got plenty of ground to make up on the others in the championship but we're aiming to go out there and be fighting for wins and podiums straight away.
“Carl's more determined than ever to get back onto the top step of the podium and we're certain we can give him the car to do it. Jamie's very quick and has a lot of ability, we saw that when he raced with us in the final round last year. We know they're going to work really well together and help push each other on.”