Andrew Watson moved back to the top of the 2014 Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup standings with his second win of the season in Round 9 at Thruxton.
The Irishman converted pole position into a comfortable lights to flag victory, moving himself back into a championship lead he had held after the opening weekend at Brands Hatch.
The winner’s one and only challenge for the lead came into the complex for the first time, with the fast-starting Carl Breeze leaping from third on the grid to draw alongside into the braking zone.
Watson fended him off though, and as Breeze began to defend from the pack behind, the leader went on to break away from the pack and led throughout to win by a huge 13.151 seconds.
Breeze produced a trademark example of defensive driving for a long period of the race, however his resistance came to an end when David Pittard made his way past at Church on lap thirteen. The SV Racing held the spot to the end for his third podium of a great weekend.
Worn tyres led to some huge lock-ups for Breeze in the final few laps, with a second one into the chicane allowing Harry Woodhead to nip through and complete a superb drive from eighth on the grid with his second podium of the season.
Breeze would lose further ground to Oliphant on the final lap due to a lock-up at the chicane, Oliphant’s fourth moving him to third in the points standings. Breeze’s fifth meanwhile was his sixth consecutive top five finish.
Jamie Orton rounded out the top six, while matching his best finish of the season so far in seventh was Fergus Walkinshaw.
Completing the top ten were Pepe Massot, Luke Davenport and Charlie Robertson, the latter being another to struggle with worn tyres late on having run fifth until lap eleven.
Reece Somerfield and Michael Munemann completed the finishers. Dan Norris-Jones retired three laps from the end, his Priocept Racing G55 catching fire, while Will Burns spun out of a top ten finish within sight of the flag after contact with Walkinshaw at the final chicane.
Full race results can be found here: http://tsl-timing.com/toca/2014/141803g50.pdf
Provisional Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup Championship Standings (After Rd.9 of 27):
1. Andrew Watson – Douglas Motorsport – 230pts
2. David Pittard – SV Racing – 227pts
3. Tom Oliphant – Century Motorsport – 213pts
4. Charlie Robertson – HHC Motorsport – 204pts
5. Carl Breeze – United Autosports – 166pts
6. Luke Davenport – United Autosports – 157pts
7. Pepe Massot – JHR Developments – 154pts
8. Jamie Orton – Century Motorsport – 117pts
9. Harry Woodhead – Douglas Motorsport – 113pts
10. Dan Norris-Jones – Priocept Racing – 83pts