Victory for Carl Breeze in a truncated opening race of the weekend at Brands Hatch GP has taken the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup title battle down to the final day of the season.
Championship leader Tom Oliphant needed to outscore Breeze by a single point to take the title with two races to spare, but Breeze led home his adversary in a shortened opening race to keep his faint title hopes alive.
The race didn’t reach maximum distance following a nasty three car incident involving Callum Pointon, Will Moore and Reece Somerfield at the initial start that led to extensive damage for the latter two and armco repairs on the run to Paddock Hill Bend.
After a lengthy red flag stoppage, the race restarted with a new six lap distance, with Breeze producing another characteristic fast getaway to lead the field into Paddock for the first time.
Oliphant slotted into second, but any early hopes of making a move for the lead – and the title – were dashed when his Century Motorsport team-mate Osamu Kawashima was hit into the Stirlings gravel trap by Fraser Robertson.
By the time his G55 was recovered, only two racing laps remained, with Breeze leading throughout to card his 28th career Supercup win, with Oliphant a close second for his sixteenth consecutive Supercup podium finish.
That result means Oliphant needs to score eight points in tomorrow’s opening race to take the title, the equivalent of a 13th place finish or higher, with Breeze’s title hopes resting on him winning both races with fastest laps and Oliphant finishing right down the order in both.
“I thought I had another lap to be honest. I was lining him up for a move when the chequered flag came out,” said Oliphant.
“I’m not going to settle for second tomorrow though. I’m going out there to win the title properly by racing my heart out and going for race wins.”
Michael Caine took his specially spray-painted G55 to third, his fifth podium of the season, with Will Burns fourth ahead of Rob Boston Racing pair Tom Wrigley and Jordan Stilp.
Ollie Jackson recovered from opening lap contact to climb up to seventh ahead of Bradley Smith, Carl Boardley and Mike Robinson, the latter taking a top ten finish on his Supercup debut with Optimum Motorsport.
Colin White took the AM class win in twelfth overall to be crowned the 2015 class champion, with Connaire Finn and Chris Ingram completing the class podium ahead of Century debutant Ruben Anakhasyan.
Pointon was able to take the restart after his part in the red flag incident, finishing fifteenth, while Jamie Orton rounded out the field a lap down after contact with Rob Wheldon at Surtees on the opening lap that led to Wheldon’s retirement.