Carl Breeze got his 2015 Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup title challenge back on track with a double victory at Rockingham, a weekend he describes as being “really important” following his recent tough spell in the series.
It had been nine races since Breeze’s previous win, with DNF’s at Croft and Snetterton, plus a podium-less weekend at Knockhill, allowing Tom Oliphant to overhaul him and establish a 72 point gap between them in the championship standings.
The HHC Motorsport racer bounced back in Corby though, turning a front row start in qualifying into a pair of lights to flag victories with fastest laps, results that saw him gain fifteen points on Oliphant to become his closest challenger in the points.
“This weekend is exactly what we needed. We’ve had a few problems recently, so it was really important to bounce back here and it’s really nice to be back in the winners circle again,” Breeze told TCF.
“We’d been qualifying three tenths or more down in recent meetings, so we knew that after being within a tenth this weekend that we had a good chance in the races.
“In the second race, I was pensive about the massive tyre wear around here and my tyres weren’t great after race one, but I was able to gap Tom [Oliphant] and it was nice to see the lead going up on my pitboard.
“Bluechip are here in their numbers this weekend, so it’s nice to get two wins for them and show that I’ve still got it.”
The double victory has moved Breeze to 57 points adrift of Oliphant in the championship standings, a lead that is narrowed to 35 with dropped scores taken into consideration. Five races remain in the season, starting with a trip to Silverstone at the end of the month.
“The title is still a long shot I believe. With five races to go, Tom’s got the equivalent of a race win over us in the points, but we’ve seen before how the championship can turn completely in two or three races,” Breeze added.
“We need to go to Silverstone, try and get the same performance again and go on and win both races, as well as getting Will [Burns] into the mix to take some points off Tom.”