Carl Breeze took the first win of the season in the Ginetta GT4 Supercup at Croft with an impeccable drive from second on the grid.
Breeze beat pole-sitter Charlie Robertson to the first corner and his lead never looked in danger thereafter.
The United Autosports driver set a new lap record of 1.24.119 on lap 6 as the two leaders pulled away from the pack – they ended up almost ten seconds ahead of the chasing pack.
Speaking to The Checkered Flag Breeze told us how crucial getting an early lead was.
“I knew the start was going to be crucial,” said an elated Breeze. “It was nice to draw alongside him after the green lights. It was really nip and tuck whether I could get across to take the lead but I managed to get into the first corner first without getting hit from behind, which I was worried about.”
“It’s fantastic for United Autosports to get their first win of the season. We really struggled with car problems at the start of the season, it’s only been in the last two rounds where we’ve really got the car dialed in so all credit to the team.”
Roberston never looked like challenging Breeze for the lead but with strong title aspirations the HHC Motorsport driver would have been holding off for the feature races tomorrow.
Will Burns claimed third place after Andrew Watson fell from third to ninth after a bold move on Luke Davenport damaged his car.
It was Burns first podium of the year and it wasn’t an easy one. He may have been fortunate to capitalise on Davenport and Watson’s misfortune but the Academy Motorsport driver had to fight off late advances from Tom Oliphant.
David Pittard finished sixth after starting seventh, just under two seconds ahead of Century Motorsport’s Jamie Orton who started eighth.
Max Coates had a troublesome race and could only manage to finish down in 13th ahead of Fraser Robertson who retired.