Jake Hill, Carl Breeze and Tom Sharp were victorious during Rounds 15, 16 and 17 of the 2012 Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup at Snetterton.
A stunning drive in the opening race gave Hill his maiden win in the G55’s, before Breeze continued his strong recent run of form with the win in race two to move into second in the championship standings, though he still sits a long way behind points leader Sharp ,who benefitted from the reverse grid to take victory in race three.
Tom Ingram had set the pace in qualifying and led away at the start of the opening race, with front-row starter Hill dropping to third behind Sharp at Agostini. The championship leader was quickly onto Ingram’s tail and they’re battling allowed Hill to make a move past both of them at Agostini on lap three to take the lead.
Hill held the championship contenders off for the remainder of the race to take his maiden win in only his sixth race since joining the championship with Tollbar Racing with WIRED, with Ingram second and Sharp third. Breeze finished a strong fourth, having set the race’s fastest lap as he closed on the front three, the top four being split by less than two seconds at the finish.
Andrew Richardson took fifth, while Jamie Orton took sixth for Total Control Racing. Colin White was seventh, the CWS driver having come under pressure from Fergus Walkinshaw before a spin for the latter dropped him to tenth. Also in the wars was Hunter Abbott, who had to make an unscheduled pit stop to repair a loose bonnet, dropping him to seventeenth and last.
The race results from the opening race set the grid for race two, giving Hill pole. His didn’t hold the lead for long though, with Ingram taking the lead on the opening lap, however he was to retire on lap two when his car set fire after an engine failure.
This gave Breeze the lead, the Total Control Racing driver having slid past Sharp and Hill for second on the opening lap and the local driver held them off for the remainder of the race for his second win of the season.
Hill came home second; while Richardson worked his way past Sharp on lap seven to take third, his first podium since the opening weekend at Brands Hatch in April. Sharp finished fourth ahead of Orton, Walkinshaw and White. The trio had battled with Josh Wakefield early on before he received a drive through penalty for issues at the start, the Century Motorsport driver recovering to eleventh.
The reverse grid for the final race switched the top four drivers, putting Orton on pole ahead of Sharp and Richardson. A fantastic getaway for Sharp saw him take the lead, with Orton quickly dropping to fourth behind Richardson and Breeze, while behind, first lap contact between Hill and White eventually led to both retiring.
At the front, Richardson came under some huge pressure from Breeze early on, but he soon shook him off and began challenging the leader. His attack culminated in a last lap move at Montreal, but Sharp held him off for his tenth win of the season, Richardson securing his third podium of the campaign ahead of Breeze.
Starting at the back of the grid after an engine change, Ingram had a lot of work to do to maintain his championship charge. The KX Akademy-backed driver was up to tenth by the end of the opening lap, before moving up to fifth around half distance. With fresher tyres than his rivals, Ingram closed down a large gap to Orton in fourth, but the Total Control Racing driver just held him off on the line by 0.006s, with Ingram having to settle for fifth ahead of Abbott and Wakefield.
In the G50’s meanwhile, Mark Davies moved a big step closer to the class championship after an utterly dominant triple victory, the Richardson Racing driver proving unbeatable over the three races, leading every lap bar one over the three races.
His closest challenger was Rob Gaffney, the Meridian Motorsport driver taking second place in the first two races to make it thirteen podiums for the season, before a problem in race three forced him to fall to the back, finishing a lap down.
Making a strong debut in the championship was Brad Bailey, the former Ginetta Junior racer taking a third place on his debut, before going one better to take second in the third race. The other podium finishes went the way of Louise Richardson and Reece Somerfield, taking third place in race two and three respectively.