Championship contenders Carl Breeze, Tom Ingram and Tom Sharp shared the wins in the latest rounds of the 2012 Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup at Croft.
Ingram put it on pole in qualifying, but it was Breeze who worked his way ahead to take the opening win, with Ingram making amends by with victory in race two. Championship leader Sharp benefitted from the reverse grid to start ahead of both for race three and capitalised on the opportunity to take the final win of the day.
Ingram started from pole in the opening race, however it was Breeze who got the best start, the Total Control Racing driver storming into the lead, with Ingram sitting second ahead of Richardson.
Sharp meanwhile started seventh after a poor qualifying session, the IDL UK driver quickly getting up to fifth, before he and Jake Hill worked their way past Richardson to move into third and fourth respectively.
Ingram was on Breeze's bumper throughout the race, but was unable to find a way past, Breeze holding on to take his first win of the season. Ingram finished just 0.256s behind, with Sharp completing the podium. Hill took fourth ahead of Richardson, while Colin White took sixth after a fantastic race long battle with Fergus Walkinshaw. Josh Wakefield and Marcus Hoggarth were next up, while finishing a lowly twelfth with a dislodged bonnet was Hunter Abbott, after he hit a tyre stack early on.
With the race one results forming the grid for race two, it was Breeze who started on pole from Ingram, with a good start for the pole-sitter seeing him lead into Clervaux from the first time ahead of Ingram and Sharp, with White slotting into fourth.
Ingram was straight on the offensive as he looked to challenge for the lead, but at the same time was forced to keep an eye on the mirrors with a racy Sharp behind. Early contact in the midfield saw Walkinshaw spun round at the hairpin by Hill, who dropped back a couple of places before finding his way back past Abbott and Wakefield on consecutive laps to get back into sixth behind Richardson.
At the front, a slight mistake for Breeze heading into the hairpin proved all the opportunity Ingram needed, the reigning G50 champion forcing his way back past to take the lead. He went on to lead the remainder to take the win, his fourth of the season, a perfect way to celebrate his new entry into the KX Akademy.
Behind, Sharp looked to find his way ahead of Breeze and also made a move at the hairpin two laps from the end, with contact between the two spinning Breeze round. Sharp crossed the line second, with Breeze third, however post-race the stewards switched the positions back.
White produced a great drive to fend off Richardson and take fourth, while Hill finished sixth on the road; however he was later given a 28 second penalty to put him behind Walkinshaw in the results. This gave Abbott sixth ahead of Wakefield, with Walkinshaw ending up tenth overall ahead of Hill.
The reverse grid for the final race gave CWS Racing's White pole from Sharp, Breeze and Ingram. A slow getaway for the pole-man meant Sharp shot into the lead, with White holding second until a spin at Clervaux, with the rest of the field doing well to avoid him.
The front three ran nose-to-tail in the early stages, with Sharp backing them up, allowing Abbott and Wakefield to join the fun and make it a five way battle for the lead. Wakefield got himself into fourth briefly at Clervaux on lap ten, however as Abbott tried to cut back, the duo made contact, spinning both round. They both were able to continue, though a lap later Wakefield was forced to pull over as his G55 set fire, with the marshals quickly putting it out.
With no safety car, the race continued with Sharp leading. Ingram briefly got into second at Clervaux but ran wide at the exit, allowing Breeze back through. That's how they went on to finish, Sharp taking his ninth win of the season from Breeze and Ingram, while Richardson capped off his best weekend of the season in fourth. Hill took sixth overall, with Abbott eighth and White eleventh, a lap down after his spin.
Provisional 2012 Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup Standings (After Rd.14):
- Tom Sharp – 445 points
- Tom Ingram – 360 points
- Carl Breeze – 349 points
- Hunter Abbott – 247 points
- Colin White – 218 points
- Josh Wakefield – 199 points
- Fergus Walkinshaw 171 points
- Marcus Hoggarth – 171 points
- Andrew Richardson – 163 points
- Jamie Orton – 137 points
- Jake Hill – 92 points