Andrew Watson overhauled early race leader David Pittard to take his fourth win of the season in Round 25 of the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup at Brands Hatch, a race in which a mechanical problem for Carl Breeze has put Charlie Robertson on the cusp of taking the title.
The top two was a class above at the front of the field, quickly breaking away into their own battle for the lead after an early safety car period caused by a trip into the Clearways gravel trap for Carl Boardley.
Pittard led the way until lap eight, when a slick move into Paddock Hill Bend gave Watson a lead that he would never relinquish. The Irishman edged away over the course of the final three laps to take the win by 2.8 seconds over the SV Racing man
“I’m ecstatic to take that win and I want to keep notching them up now,” Watson told TCF.
“The safety car was frustrating as I had to sit behind David for a few more laps than I wanted to, but I pushed as hard as I could until I got past him and then had the speed to pull away and look after my tyres after that.”
“I wanted to win that!” commented Pittard. “It was really tricky with the track the way it was and it came down to what tyres you were on and what pressures you had. Andrew had a slightly better set up than me and just managed to out-fox me into Druids so fair play to him.”
Jamie Orton ran third early on ahead of a fast-starting Breeze, the latter having challenged for the spot around Paddock Hill for the first time. Unfortunately for Breeze, he say his title chances slip away when an ECU issue saw his Ginetta ground to a halt on lap two.
While Breeze was able to get it going again and fight back to a ninth place finish, an easy move for Robertson on his HHC Motorsport team-mate Orton gave him the final podium spot, meaning the championship leader needs just two points from race two to be crowned champion.
A strong showing from Declan Jones saw him take fourth in his first Supercup race for two years, the SV Racing ace impressively finishing just four tenths of a second shy of the championship leader, well clear of Orton and Tom Oliphant.
Dennis Strandberg started his second outing of the season with seventh ahead of United Autosports duo Luke Davenport and Breeze, with Fergus Walkinshaw rounding out the top ten ahead of his Knockhill adversary Reece Somerfield and Tom Howard.
Steve Wrigley’s Supercup debut yielded a thirteenth place finish ahead of Dan Norris-Jones and the three AM class runners, Paul McNeilly, Fraser Robertson and Steve Fresle, while Will Burns joined Boardley on the retirement list after a mechanical failure.