Carl Breeze digs deep for Donington points

Carl Breeze showed all of his tenaciousness in securing fourth place in the third and final race for the Ginetta Supercup at Donington Park after starting the race from the pit lane after all his rivals had long gone.

The King's Lynn racer, driving for Tollbar Racing this year, had already secured two trips to the podium with a pair of second places but it was his race three performance which was the real standout.

Starting behind all of his rivals, after his team had to rapidly repair a broken driveshaft, Breeze began to steadily close in on the field and passed his fist victim on lap two.

Rivals fell on the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh laps as the local racer fought to get back on terms with the leading runners.

A short safety car period helped, as it bunched up the field, and when racing resumed Breezed picked off Jamie Orton to be fifth and on the tail of Fergus Walkinshaw.

On the penultimate lap the trio dived into the final corner swathed in tyre smoke from Breeze who was desperately trying not to contact Walkinshaw and when his rivals ran wide on the exit the local racer gratefully raced past to claim an amazing fourth place.

In the earlier races Breeze, who had qualified in third place after the team had resolved a few niggling issues from the previous race at Brand Hatch, made a strong start and held of Tom Ingram for the duration to secure second place and his first podium of the season.

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It was a similar story in race two with Breeze once more taking second place, behind five time winner Tom Sharp, from Ingram who would win the third race of the weekend.

For Poringland's Josh Files the weekend didn't finish as he had expected when a clash with the AirAsia Renault Clio Cup championship leader, Paul Rivett, broke the local drivers steering, side lining him after just five laps.

In the first race the local driver was an early spinner ruining his excellent front row starting position but he did fight back to ninth having rejoined the fray well down the order.

'The weekend started brilliantly in qualifying,' explained Files. 'Unfortunately, it went from bad to worse in races one and two.'

Ollie Jackson had a miserable weekend at the latest races in the British Touring Car Championship failing to finish the opening race due to an engine problem which knocked the Attleborough racer out of the remaining two events.

The local driver had high hopes of adding some more points to his championship total at the midland circuit. 'We had a test at Donington Park before the season started which went well, and I'm feeling good about the weekend,' he said before the event.

The AmD tuning Golf had suffered serve damage in a race stopping incident at Brands Hatch two weeks ago but had been repaired by the Essex team.

'The car was more heavily damaged than we thought after the accident but it's been on the jig,' confirmed team principal Shaun Hollamby.