Carl Breeze and Josh Files make Snetterton weekend a success for home racers
King's Lynn racer Carl Breeze took a big step towards the Ginetta GT Supercup title with an excellent weekend's work at his home track, while Poringland racer Josh Files earnt his first professional podium.
TCR man Breeze took a win from pole plus second and fourth places from his Snetterton trio to extend his championship lead and close in on a British Touring Car drive next season.
'It's been a brilliant weekend,' said Breeze. 'We came in with a 13-point lead and to get 88 points and outscore our nearest two rivals, we'll go to Scotland in three weeks' time with a 31pt lead.
'So it's been fantastic. It is a big step towards what we want. Last year we won the most races and the most podiums, and ultimately we finished runners up. So it's all about consistency and scoring good points – that's the name of the game.'
Breeze held on for a Saturday race one win before switching positions with Nathan Freke for second in the afternoon's race two.
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With closest title rival Tom Sharp only managing a pair of fourth places, Breeze consolidated fifth on Sunday's reverse grid into fourth as he ran Sharp close in the final moments.
Poringland's Josh Files, quick all weekend, also had a brilliant time of it in Saturday's Renault Clio Cup opener with his first professional podium.
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The talented 20-year-old produced an error-free Team Pyro drive behind winner James Dixon and Luke Wright.
'Qualifying did not go to plan to say the least, so third on Saturday and a sixth is as good as I felt I can do and I'm over the moon,' said Files, still in his first debut Clio Cup season.
'It was brilliant spraying champagne and all the photos, it was good fun. This weekend was a big step for me and the team. We have had the pace but it's just never translated into the race, so to do it at my home track is brilliant.'
Norwich rival Matt Allison's opener ended almost before it began, his Scuderia Vittoria embroiled in a opening lap pile-up at the Montreal hairpin.
Race two was marginally better for Allison, who got bogged down at the start from the front row. But despite a damaged rear, he did at least hold off a determined challenge from Files, who rose from 10th.
Nicholas Hamilton, brother of Formula One star Lewis, came home last of the classified finishers in race one, before rising to 13th in race two.
Dereham's Tom Howard turned a disappointing Ginetta Junior Championship qualifying into fifth and sixth finishes after a bumpy pair of races for Tollbar Racing, maintaining the youngster's fifth place standing.
Josh Hill, son of ex-Formula One world champion Damon, lit up the second Formula Renault race with some moments of quality as Alex Lynn cemented his championship advantage.