Carl Breeze feels the United Autosports team have turned a corner with the performance of their Ginetta G55 GT4’s, and is ready to take his first win of the season in this afternoon’s Round 11 at Oulton Park.
Breeze followed up a pair of second place finishes at Thruxton last time out with a repeat performance in the opening Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup race of the weekend yesterday (7th June).
A characteristically swift getaway saw the 2012 Supercup champion leap from third on the grid into second behind Charlie Robertson. After looking at a move for the lead at Old Hall on lap two, an error into the Knickerbrook chicane lost him nearly three seconds.
The 34 year old fought back into contention for the race win though as the race reached its conclusion, crossing the finish line just 0.373 seconds shy of the victor.
“It was a great race,” Breeze told TCF. “I got a good start and settled into a rhythm behind Charlie [Robertson]. I had the better pace early on and had a look into Old Hall, but it wasn’t really on there as it was still a little greasy off line.
“Going into Knickerbrook, I was right on his diffuser and lost a little bit of aero. I snatched a wheel and it was a split decision whether to send it into the back of him and risk damaging both of our races, or take a trip down the escape road.”
“I could see Charlie quite a way down the road, so for the first couple of laps I settled back into the race. With about five laps to go, I could see him starting to run wide through Druids and I was a lot faster than him around the back section. I dragged my way on to the back of him, but he didn’t really make enough of a mistake to present an opportunity for me to pass.”
While Andrew Watson pipped him to the fastest lap of the race by less than a tenth of a second, Breeze was consistently the fastest car on track, marking a massive improvement in pace from the early rounds of the season.
With confidence high, Breeze is now hoping to maximise the car’s potential in today’s live-televised Round 11, and convert his front row start into a first win since Snetterton in August last year.
“It’s a million miles better off than where we have been,” he added. “We’ve been struggling with race pace and qualifying, so this weekend is a big upturn for the team and they’ve done a fantastic job. Charlie has shown the best pace over the last few races, so to be able to have the upper hand on him and their team is a great reward for the team.
“We’ve got a few tweaks for the car for the next race, and I’m a further slot forward on the grid. Charlie’s had a few duff starts this year, so if I can maximise my start, I think it will be a case of whoever gets into Old Hall first will win.”