Preview: Breeze Leads Supercup Field Into Oulton Double-Header


Carl Breeze has assumed position atop the 2015 Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup standings ahead of the visit to Oulton Park this weekend for the first double header meeting of the season.

Breeze moved to the top spot thanks to a dominant double win at Thruxton four weeks ago, those victories coming as part of his best start ever to a Supercup campaign with eight podiums in the first nine races.

Erstwhile points leader Jamie Orton lost ground with a retirement in the Thruxton closer, but is still firmly a title contender for the first time in his Supercup career having visited the podium six times so far this season, including the top step on three occasions.

Will Burns has made it a HHC Motorsport one-two-three at the top of the standings after securing a podium hat-trick last time out, and he heads to Oulton hungrier than ever for a maiden Supercup win having narrowly missed out on victory on the last lap of the final Thruxton race.

The man who beat Burns to the win was Michael Caine, a first Supercup victory of his own for the former British GT champion, who now wants consistent podium finishes in his Amigos-liveried JHR Developments G55.

Splitting those two in the standings is Century Motorsport’s Tom Oliphant, who’ll be aiming to bounce back at his home circuit after a race three engine failure at Thruxton ended a run of fifteen consecutive top six finishes in the championship.

Aiming for consistent top six finishes like that are Mectech Motorsport’s Bradley Smith and SV Racing’s Mitchell Hale. Both drivers have overcome early season mechanical misfortune to establish themselves as podium contenders, Smith taking a best of fifth on two occasions at Thruxton, while Hale set the fastest lap of the race in the Thruxton closer during a drive from fifteenth to fourth.

Hoping to battle with them in the top six will be former BTCC racer Ollie Jackson, early season race-winner Reece Somerfield and Tom Wrigley, who has joined Rob Boston Racing ahead of the meeting having previously run as a privateer.

The AM class will be contested by a season high six drivers this weekend, with class leader Colin White and mainstays Osamu Kawashima and Fraser Robertson joined by the returning Chris Ingram, who missed the last meeting at Thruxton with Douglas Motorsport.

Battling against them will be a trio of first time entrants for 2015, Supercup debutant Ade Barwick with the returning Optimum Motorsport, fellow newcomer Paul Monahon and series returnee Connaire Finn, who last competed in the series in 2012.

Another driver making his debut in the championship meanwhile will be Callum Pointon, who is currently a front-runner in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge. Pointon will be running with 2012 series champions Total Control Racing, who return to the grid after a season out in 2014.

Following official pre-event testing on Friday (5 June), the weekend action kicks off with qualifying at 11:35 on Saturday, with the opening race of the weekend later that day at 16:35. Race two will follow on Sunday meanwhile at 14:10.

Unlike normal, there will not be a Ginetta GT4 Supercup race televised live on ITV4 as part of the BTCC raceday coverage due to clashing French Open Tennis. Instead, Sunday’s race will be shown that evening in a Motorsport UK special at 22:00.

The championship standings heading into the meeting can be found here.