Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup championship leader Carl Breeze feels his first half to the 2015 season has been a huge success, though admits he’s frustrated to have seen his points lead reduced during a trying meeting at Croft two weeks ago.
Breeze’s weekend started with a driveshaft failure in qualifying that left him unable to set a lap time, though the 2012 Supercup champion fought back superbly in the opening race with a stunning drive from last on the grid to fourth.
Starting from that position in race two, Breeze went on to finish in third position, though was later promoted to second when his HHC Motorsport team-mate and chief title rival Jamie Orton received a post-race penalty.
Sadly for Breeze, a good start in the reverse grid third race had seen him gain a position through the first sequence of corners before another driveshaft failure left him stranded at the side of the track, his first retirement of the season.
“I was on the backfoot for the whole weekend from qualifying,” Breeze reflected. “It’s just frustrating that we’ve new parts fail twice over the course of the weekend.
“It’s been taken out of my hands really, it’s not down to driver error or anything with the team, so it’s hard to take. Hopefully this new batch of parts can be looked into, as we can’t afford to have more failures that we’re not in control of.
“We were able to push forwards from thirteenth to fifth in the first two corners of the first race though, before finishing fourth with fastest lap. That was good points and gave us the platform for second in race two which was fantastic.
“That gave us a 44 point championship lead into the final race, which had started well with Jamie [Orton] dropping back and Tom [Oliphant] stopping on track, and looking how the race panned out we’d have definitely had a podium finish, but it wasn’t to be.”
Despite the Croft frustration, Breeze still ends the first half of the season with his best points haul so far at this stage of a Supercup season, having carded eleven podiums in the opening fourteen races.
Breeze’s record in the first half of a Ginetta GT4 Supercup season:
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The Ginetta stalwart, who now has a total of 75 Supercup podium finishes to his name, is pleased with his progress so far this year, but has already turned his attentions to continuing his championship challenge next time out at his home circuit Snetterton.
“At the first round, if you’d have offered us the championship lead heading into the summer break we’d have taken it,” he added. “It’s been a great start to the year, with eleven podium finishes in fourteen races.
“It’s fantastic to have points on the board, the lead in our hands, and to know that if we have a second half of the year to match our first half we’ll be the champion.
“22 points is still a good margin to lead by at this stage, and we’ll go to Snetterton next, my home race, ready to get three more podium finishes and extend our lead.”