Carl Breeze took his second win of the weekend after a tight fight with Charlie Robertson in round 13 of the Ginetta GT4 SuperCup at Croft.
Breeze led from pole but was under immense pressure for the whole race from championship leader Robertson.
Robertson tried extremely hard to make a move stick past Breeze but the seasoned driver made his car as wide as he could to secure the win.
Talking to The Checkered Flag on the podium, Breeze explained how hard round 13 was.
“For the first half of the race he (Robertson) was always having a look into tower but I managed to have him covered. Half way through the race I tried a different line through there to have some breathing space down to tower.”
“It was a tough race but great for United Autosports to get two wins from the weekend already puts us back in the championship hunt again.”
Although a win was within his grasp, Robertson, who extends his championship lead, was happy with second.
“I thought maybe I could catch Carl because he seemed to be struggling on tyres half way through the race. I was close to him but it was just not enough in the end.”
“It’s a hard track to overtake on. So I was happy with second place and that’s what I said going into that race.”
Sean Huyton came home third for Academy Motorsport after a daring move on Will Burns going into the hairpin on the penultimate lap.
“I could see I was quicker in the slower sector,” said an elated Huyton. “I was just trying to keep on him in the fast stuff and reel him (Burns) in. On the last lap I thought i’ll just get him on the inside because he ran a bit wide.”
“After a bit of banging going into the chicane I was able to get the move done and then just hold on.”
United Autosports driver Luke Davenport lost it going into the chicane on lap one. Davenport couldn’t get the car going again after clipping the tyre wall and was forced to retire. This brought out the safety car.
Replays showed Davenport may have been clipped by the Academy Motorsport car of Burns when he spun at the chicane.
We asked Davenport if he felt he was clipped by Burns.
“It seemed so yeah,” said an unhappy Davenport. “We had a bad start but I was able to block him (Burns) off going into turn one and I got the position but I’m not quite sure what happened then.”
“I think he’s just understeered into me because i’ve taken all the track I could and then suddenly I just get turned. It’s a shame but it’s all part or racing.”
Michael Munemann was another lap one casualty. The Portugese driver ran wide and spun going into the complex to drop him to the back of the grid.
Century Motorsport’s Jamie Orton received a five second penalty after ignoring his warning for exceeding track limits. This dropped him down to eighth place.
Tom Oliphant was another spinner. Oliphant was running third for half the race but lost the back end of the car and spun to put him right down the order.
He did however fight back through the field with a few bold moves to claw his way back up to ninth ahead of Privateer, Reece Somerfield.
Privateer Max Coates had a brilliant race. Coates, who started near the back of the grid, showed strong pace to fight his way through the field.
Coates was able to make it up to sixth after championship challenger Andrew Watson received a 0.5s penalty for gaining an unfair advantage.
“The car felt great. We had two new tyres on the left hand side which is one of the advantages of coming in this late in the season, you get six tyres in your first round. And obviously we’ll use them to full effect.”
“It’s a bit of a shame because we had the speed to move further through the field really.”
Looking ahead to race three Coates is feeling confident, starting from seventh.
“I want a podium,” said a bullish Coates. “I had one here last year and I want one again. If I come away with a podium i’ll be happy. If I come away with a win i’ll be ecstatic.”