Carl Breeze storms to first win of GT4 season at Donington
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Carl Breeze claimed his first Ginetta GT4 SuperCup victory of the season at Donington Park to consolidate second place in the series to team-mate Jamie Orton.
'It's fair to say I am really pleased with the win,' said the King's Lynn racer of his first victory for new team HHC Motorsport.
'The race was all about using my race craft to maximise my position on the circuit. The points keep things interesting for the championship top three and it's a fantastic result for the team to take a one-two finish.'
Breeze started the second of three races from third on the grid and after one of his trademark demon starts led into the first corner and was then able to open up a winning gap.
However, once free of the pack team-mate Orton was keen to spoil Breeze's party and reeled in the leader in the closing laps to claim fastest lap.
'The last race is always a lottery and we need to try and take home as many points as we can,' added the race winning Bluechip supported Breeze.
The local racer lined up in fourth place for the final race around the Leicestershire circuit with Newmarket's Michael Caine holding third place from Breeze and race one winner Tom Oliphant.
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At the mid point in the race Oliphant demoted the local racer who had to settle for fifth place at flag fall to leave himself 15 points behind Orton but it could have been a different story if race one had worked out differently for Breeze.
'Tough day with P3 after leading for most of the race,' tweeted Breeze after Saturday's race, which was won by Oliphant with Orton in second. 'We'll make changes and see if we can move forward tomorrow,' which proved the case with victory in Sunday's opening event.
'Hard work ahead,' tweeted Ginetta Junior racer Dan Zelos after a disappointing Donington Park for the Dereham schoolboy.
The local racer was a pre-season favourite for the title but he has yet to stand on the podium after four events with external issues blighting his campaign.
'We certainly had the pace in the first one but I kept getting backed up into the drivers behind and dragged into battles,' said Zelos.
'I also received a knock into the chicane, which cost me ground. It seemed to be a case of one step forward, two steps back.'
Zelos was again fighting for a podium place in the early laps of race two until he fell back to fifth place in the second half of the race.
'I made a good start and pulled away with the leading group, but just as I was set to challenge the three ahead, I began losing power,' said the Evergreen Tyres supported youngster.
'It's frustrating that these niggling little problems keep holding us back but in situations like this it's all about making the most of the bad days and keep ourselves in the hunt.'