PREVIEW: Ginetta Supercup Duel Reaches Halfway Mark At Croft

The latest chapter in Carl Breeze and Jamie Orton’s duel at the top of the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup standings will play out this weekend at Croft, the home meeting for their HHC Motorsport team.

Heading into the final meeting before the mid-season summer break, Breeze currently leads his team-mate Orton by 33 points at the head of the standings after they shared the wins last time out at Oulton Park to make it four apiece for the season so far.

The second Oulton race proved to be a dramatic encounter with Orton forcing his way past Breeze for the lead and ultimately the win – that was until the stewards switched the positions post-race, the fall-out from which will be intriguing to watch this weekend.

Breeze will be confident of extending his points lead in Yorkshire, having taken nine podium finishes in the last ten races there including two wins last year, however Orton is looking for a first ever visit to the Croft podium.

While it’s looking like a two horse race for the title at present, both Will Burns and Tom Oliphant have championship aspirations and are targeting big points hauls this weekend to start closing the over eighty point gap to Breeze.

Oliphant leapt Burns to third in the standings at Oulton thanks to a podium double, and the Century Motorsport man is going for a second win of the year, while HHC’s Burns returns to the scene of his maiden Supercup podium last year targeting a maiden category win to help bounce back from a tough Oulton.

After a relatively subdued outing at Oulton, Thruxton race-winner Michael Caine will have a return to the podium in his sights at Croft, while fellow former BTCC racer Ollie Jackson is targeting a top three breakthrough after a season’s best pair of fourths at Oulton.

Bradley Smith and Mitchell Hale have their sights on the top three as well having both finished in the top six twice so far this year, a milestone Tom Wrigley is hoping to reach having taken his second seventh place finish of the year at Oulton behind early season race-winner Reece Somerfield.

Last time out at Oulton, the Supercup enjoyed a season high grid of eighteen cars, but with none of the newcomers returning this weekend and AM class leader Colin White also absent, the series looks set to drop to a 2015 low of thirteen entries for Yorkshire.

With White missing from the action, there are just three cars entering the AM class this time around. Double winner earlier in the season Osamu Kawashima will be targeting more success, as will local racer Fraser Robertson and Chris Ingram who are eyeing first class wins.

Full championship standings heading into the weekend can be found here.