Orton Doubles Up At Head Of HHC One-Two-Three


Jamie Orton completed his first ever Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup double with a second lights-to-flag win of the weekend at Brands Hatch.

Orton led home a HHC Motorsport podium lockout, with Carl Breeze tailing him for the duration of the race while Will Burns fought back from a slow start to take third.

Despite Breeze’s reputation as the fast-starter on the Ginetta grid, Orton was able to hold off his team-mate into Paddock Hill Bend for the first time, while a superb getaway for Reece Somerfield secured him third.

As the front two broke away, Somerfield’s grasp on third lasted seven laps before Burns, who had dispatched Tom Oliphant on lap four, passed the third place man in style around the outside at Paddock Hill Bend two laps later.

Century Motorsport’s Oliphant was the next to make a move on Somerfield at Paddock Hill on lap seven, whilst his team-mate Ollie Jackson was defending his sixth position behind from Michael Caine.

JHR Developments’ Caine was able to find a way past at Paddock Hill Bend on lap ten, with Mitchell Hale following past soon after.

Orton was having no such trouble meanwhile, keeping Breeze at arm’s length throughout for his third career Supercup win.

“To win both races is something I’ll look back on in years to come and be very proud of,” Orton told TCF.

“The middle of the race was lovely for me, I had a gap on Carl [Breeze] and I couldn’t quite believe it. I had to think about the back-markers, who weren’t particularly efficient at moving out the way, but I was focused on not making a mistake and bringing it home.”

Breeze picked up his 101st Ginetta podium finish in second, while held off the attentions of Oliphant late on to secure third, getting revenge after losing his podium finish to Oliphant on the final lap of race one.

“I’ve learnt from that race that I need to work on my race starts,” added Burns. “I got swamped at the beginning and dropped back to fifth, but it was good that I could show I could fight and overtake people quickly to get back into the podium positions. I’m really pleased with that result.”

Somerfield took a well-earned fifth, with Caine completing the top six ahead of Hale and Jackson. Privateer Tom Wrigley took ninth, with Jack Clarke rounding out the top ten as he continues to adjust to the transition from BTCC to Ginetta.

Colin White took the AM class win once again in twelfth overall, behind Bradley Smith, with Fraser Robertson and Osamu Kawashima completing the class podium behind him.

Full race results can be found here.