Breeze Makes It Two In Two At Thruxton

by Simon Paice

Carl Breeze made it two wins out of two in the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup at Thruxton with victory in Round Eight, the reigning champion taking his fifth win of the campaign so far.

With the results of the day’s opening race setting the grid for Round Eight, it was Breeze who started on pole and a great getaway for the Total Control Racing star saw him lead the field away.

Andrew Watson started alongside him on the front row, however contact on the opening lap with the quick-starting Matt Nicoll-Jones dropped the Irishman back to fourteenth, with Nicoll-Jones able to continue in second.

As Breeze began to stretch his lead at the front, a battle for second developed between Nicoll-Jones and championship leader Tom Ingram, the former holding the place for the first half a dozen laps before KX Akademy star Ingram finally found a way through.

Pepe Massot ran a strong fourth for a large part of the race, however an unfortunate spin for the Spaniard dropped him down the field, while also facing problems was Nicoll-Jones, a clear lack of pace for the Academy Motorsport boss causing him to slide down the order.

Benefitting from their woes to slot into third was Carl Boardley, the former Hot Rod World Champion running ahead of a great four-way battle between Reece Somerfield, Mark Davies, Jamie Orton and Fergus Walkinshaw, with the quartet producing some high quality wheel-to-wheel racing.

At the front, having no such on track action was Breeze, the race leader pulling clear to win by 6.6 seconds from Ingram, the duo taking their fifth and sixth podiums of the season respectively. Taking his maiden rostrum meanwhile was Boardley in third, albeit some thirteen seconds behind Ingram on the road.

Somerfield took fourth, his best result so far in only his second weekend in a G55, holding off his G50 rival from 2012 Davies by just 0.252s on the line. Orton completed the top six ahead of the day’s top qualifier Walkinshaw, with Marcus Hoggarth, a recovering Massot and a disappointed Nicoll-Jones completing the top ten.

Watson saw his recovery drive end on lap six, the Ginetta Junior graduate retiring at the Complex, with Colin White retiring into the pits at the end of the same lap.

In the G50 class meanwhile, Sean Huyton took his second class win of the weekend ahead of sole rival Dan Norris-Jones.

Full race results can be found here:

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