Breeze Storms To Victory In Thruxton Opener


Carl Breeze secured his fourth win in the first seven races of the 2013 Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup with a dominant win in the opening race of the weekend at Thruxton.

In qualifying earlier in the day, it was Fergus Walkinshaw who stunned his rivals with his first Supercup pole position, finishing up over 1.5 seconds clear of fellow front-row starter Tom Ingram.

A fantastic start for Breeze saw him storm up from third on the grid to take the lead into Allard for the first time, with the opening lap proving to be a crazy affair, Walkinshaw slipping to third behind a quick-starting Andrew Watson, the Irishman storming up from sixth into second.

Also on the move up was Matt Nicoll-Jones, the five-time podium finisher already this season moving up from eighth to fourth, with Ingram falling to fifth ahead of Carl Boardley, the former Hot Rod World Champion having stormed up from twelfth to sixth on the opening tour.

Boardley’s progress was aided after an incident for James Birch and Colin White, with Birch retiring on the spot after hitting the tyre wall, with White limping round to the pits before retiring too with a dislodged front wheel.

After a long safety car period to allow for the safe retrieval of Birch’s G55, Breeze controlled the restart and quickly pulled out a lead of over a second from Watson, the Ginetta Junior graduate easily pulling clear of Walkinshaw behind.

The man on the move was Ingram, the KX Akademy star producing a fantastic move around the outside of Nicoll-Jones at Church to take fourth on lap eight, before sliding down the inside of Walkinshaw at the same corner a lap later for third.

This started a frustrating final few laps for Walkinshaw, the FW Motorsport driver slipping from the cusp of a second career G55 podium to an eventual eighth place finish.

Having no such frustration was Breeze, the reigning champion securing his fifteenth G55 victory since the series’ inception in 2011 by 2.5 seconds. Watson secured his maiden Supercup podium in second, with Ingram maintaining his championship lead with third.

Nicoll-Jones continued his consistent start to the season in fourth, with Boardley taking fifth ahead of Pepe Massot, Mark Davies and Walkinshaw. In the G50 class meanwhile, Sean Huyton took the class pole and led from lights to flag to secure the class win in thirteenth overall ahead of his only class rival Dan Norris-Jones.

The full race results can be found here: http://tsl-timing.com/toca/2013/131803g50.pdf