Carl Breeze approaches his 100th Ginetta GT Supercup race on Sunday coming off the back of his third win of the 2014 season in the opening race of the weekend at Knockhill.
The former series champion held his advantage from a supremely tight qualifying session earlier in the day, where Breeze emerged on pole position by the mere margin or 0.007s ahead of championship-leading rival, Charlie Robertson.
A demon getaway for Breeze gave the United Autosports man the advantage, which he held despite the interruption of two safety car periods, plus the added drama of a one-lap dash to the flag on slick tyres in treacherous damp conditions.
The win was Breeze’s 20th in the series, matching Tom Sharp‘s all-time Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup win record, and means he could snatch away that mantle for himself in his 100th race on Sunday morning.
On the opening race on Saturday afternoon, Breeze told TCF: “Getting pole position was crucial this morning. The last lap of the session I came round and saw P1 which was a relief as it’s difficult to overtake around here.
“This afternoon’s race; I got off to a fantastic start and opened up a small gap to Charlie on the first lap, then we had the dreaded safety car but on the restart I managed to control it and edge away a few car lengths.
“Then the heavens opened. Being the first car into the opening corner was a bit daunting and going into turn one I locked an inside wheel and ran slightly wide but managed to gather it up and stay ahead.
“To be honest – after another safety car – the rain was getting heavier and heavier, but we were losing heat in the tyres and brakes. I was surprised to come round and see the green flag! It was unnecessary really because it caused a bit of a collision between myself and Charlie.”
Breeze’s win closes the championship gap to 39 points adrift of HHC Motorsport‘s Robertson without the scenario of dropped scores brought into question, and Breeze now has the target of beating Sharp’s record and victory in his 100th Supercup race firmly on his mind for Sunday’s first of two more races at the Fife circuit.
He added: “It’s fantastic to get the win and the fastest lap, and we’re now getting closer to Charlie in the standings.
“On dropped scores we’re down to 17 points now and it’ll be important to get another win in our 100th Supercup race after equaling Tom Sharp’s record today. It would be nice to beat that!”