A dominant win for Tom Sharp was not enough to stop Carl Breeze from taking the 2012 Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup title at Brands Hatch.
Sharp knew a win would only secure him the title if Breeze finished fourth or lower, but a third place for Breeze was enough to give him the crown, his first racing title since winning Formula Renault UK in 2001.
The reverse grid for the final race of the season put Tom Ingram on pole and the KX Akademy star used it to his advantage, leading into Paddock Hill for the first time from Jake Hill, though the Tollbar Racing with WIRED star was to lose second at Surtees to a determined Sharp.
Sharp’s next target was Ingram and after briefly took the lead at Graham Hill Bend on lap two before sliding wide and letting Ingram back past. A lap later he made a move stick though, cutting back superbly at the exit of Druids to take the lead.
As Sharp drove away at the front, Breeze knew he needed to gain a place to ensure himself the title and he did just that, a decisive move on lap four giving him third ahead of Hill, with the latter left to defend from a closing Andrew Richardson.
At the front, Sharp stormed to the line to win by 6.6 seconds, his 11th win of the season. Ingram took a 17th podium of the season in second, while an elated Breeze crossed the line third, the 33 year old finally taking the Ginetta title after finishing runner-up in both the 2010 G50 Cup and the 2011 Supercup.
In the fight for fourth, Richardson emerged ahead after slight contact at the exit of Surtees had sent Hill wide on lap seven. Fergus Walkinshaw took a fine fifth, while Hill ended up seventh behind Jamie Orton, who produced a fantastic drive through from 17th on the grid.
Colin White took eighth ahead of Marcus Hoggarth, while Mark Davies completed the top ten, a disappointing result for the driver who had taken victory in the weekend’s first two races.
In the G50 class, Declan Jones led the class from the start until an agonising problem on the final lap forced him to slow, dropping him to third. Reece Somerfield benefitted to take the win, with newcomer Dan Norris-Jones second, while Connaire Finn finished fourth in class, despite contact earlier in the race that sent Rob Gaffney into the gravel and out of the race.
Final 2012 Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup Standings:
1. Carl Breeze – 719pts
2. Tom Sharp – 714pts
3. Tom Ingram – 658pts
4. Andrew Richardson – 469pts
5. Colin White – 402pts
1. Mark Davies – 766pts
2. Rob Gaffney – 654pts
3. Reece Somerfield – 475pts
4. James Owen – 356pts
5. Declan Jones – 285pts