Breeze changes tack for big prize
Just two races stand between Carl Breeze and a touring car season in 2012 after the King's Lynn racer out scored his rivals in the latest round of the Ginetta GT Supercup Championship at Brands Hatch.
The title winner receives a funded drive in the BTCC for next year and Breeze held a narrow advantage as the series headed for the Kent track at the weekend, which the local racer consolidated with two solid victories and fifth place in the reversed grid final race.
Breeze won more races and was placed on the podium more often than anyone else last year but still didn't claim the title. But he has taken a different approach to his racing this year.
'Points means prizes and I have been determined to outscore my rivals instead of aiming for victories and podium places,' explained Breeze earlier in the season.
This new found philosophy has worked in his favour but at Brands it was race wins that was required to ensure that he was in a strong position prior to the final races at Silverstone, which he hopes will not feature a mandatory wheel change.
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It was a similar event at the previous round at Rockingham which went horrible wrong when his team, Total Control Racing, where unable to carry out the wheel change quickly due to damage, suffered in a collision, to the air lifting connector costing Breeze valuable points.
In the opening race at Brands Hatch Breeze led every lap to finish just ahead of Sharp with title rivals Adam Morgan and Nathan Freke following in line astern.
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Sunday's opening race saw Breeze repeat his winning feat for his sixth victory of the season and consolidated his championship position.
'We knew Tom would be quick here, he's a circuit specialist, and we knew he'd be strong,' said Breeze.
'I managed to get an awesome start, pushed hard at the beginning, but a couple of looks in the mirror at half distance and I could see he was close.
'I just had to keep the car on the racing line and we didn't miss an apex, you needed a lot of concentration though as it was so hot.'
Morgan and Freke once more filled third and fourth places after disposing of the fast starting Colin White.
Breeze was drawn to start the final race from grid five but title rival Sharp, under pressure to close the gap to the local racer, tried an ambitious move on leader Freke at Hawthorn and crashed heavily.
The accident moved Breeze up to fourth place and Morgan into a lead he wasn't too loose unlike the local racer who miss judged his braking point into Graham Hill Bend, when a suspension joint failed, which allowed White to pounce.
Breeze has to protect a slender eight point advantage over Morgan at Silverstone with Sharp and Freke 27 and 48 points adrift but with 74 points still to be won it will be a tense finale in two weeks time.