Bright and Breezey
Lewis BealesTwo dominant victories for Carl Breeze in the Ginetta G50 Championship were tempered by a disappointing third race which cost the Kings Lynn racer the championship lead at Brands Hatch.Lewis Beales
Two dominant victories for Carl Breeze in the Ginetta G50 Championship were tempered by a disappointing third race which cost the Kings Lynn racer the championship lead at Brands Hatch.
The local racer was never headed in either of the two opening races at the Kent track after beating title rival Frank Wrathall to pole position after a close qualifying session.
A good start to race one put Breeze ahead and he kept his cool to take victory by five seconds, as Wrathall failed to finish, and he made it two in a row as Wrathall worked his way up to fourth place from the back of the grid.
Sadly for the local racer it all went wrong in the third event as Wrathall bounced back to take victory while Breeze trailed in 13th after his engine had cut out on the warm up lap.
'I was fortunate that I was close enough to coast into the pits' said Breeze whose pit crew quickly replaced a burnt out engine relay allowing the local racer to rejoin the race a lap down.
Sadly his misfortune continued when the wipers and front screen demister packed up but worse was to follow as he was adjudged to have passed another competitor during a safety car period and was penalised 15 valuable championship points.
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'I was disappointed with the mechanical problems, but it wasn't mine or the team's fault' said a frustrated Breeze. 'At least I have cut the deficit from 17 to nine points to Wrathall.'
T J Motorsport claimed another one-two finish in the Ginetta Junior Championship with novice racer Jody Fannin beating Toftwood's Tom Howard in the opening race at Brands Hatch.
It didn't go nearly as well for the Carlton Rode team in the second race as both Fannin and Howard failed to finish but Louise Richardson did manage to record fifth place after posting a second lap retirement in race one.
Fannin, Richardson and Howard occupied three of the top five places after qualifying with the former leading every lap of the first race while Howard had to pass Tom Ingram to gain second place.
In race two Howard held third place until two laps from the finish when he spun, battling with Sarah Moore, while Richardson fought her way up from ninth place.
'Jody was very impressive in the first race' informed team principle Trevor Griffiths whose outfit still heads the team's title race.'