Donington disaster for King’s Lynn ace Breeze
Donington Park proved to be a disaster for Carl Breeze's Ginetta G50 title aspirations as an electrical problem stuck him down just as he was about to retake the series lead.
'The weekend has been very tough for us' admitted the King's Lynn racer. 'On Saturday we had second place and maximum points wrapped up and then some wiring broke. That put us on the back foot but it's finely poised now for Brands Hatch and the best man will win the championship.'
The local racer showed true champion's grit when he passed five cars on the fifth lap of race one to be second behind guest driver Nigel Moore and heading towards retaking the series lead.
However on the final lap his Bluechip supported car dramatically slowed, dropping him down to 13th place while title rival Frank Wrathall would finish in sixth place extending his lead over Breeze.
The second race was held on a drying track and Breeze gambled on slick tyres while Wrathall took treaded tyres. The local racer was making good progress until he slid off on the fifth lap but fought back to beat his rival to the chequered flag by claiming ninth place.
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In the final race Wrathall and Breeze slugged it out with Breeze narrowly beaten to the finishing line by 0.085second which leaves him trailing his rival by 26 points with just three races left.
Louise Richardson's Ginetta Junior title hopes have almost vanished after two disappointing races at the Leicestershire circuit has left her 70 points adrift of leader Tom Ingram.
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In race one she was forced into a trip across a gravel trap but fought back to finish in seventh place, just ahead of Jody Fannin her team-mate in the Besthorpe-based TJ Motorsport squad.
Qualifying dramas left Richardson at the rear of the field for race two but in a brilliant display she fought her way up to fourth place while Fannin could only finish in 12th.
Toftwood's Tom Howard had a good run in the opening race to fifth place and followed it up in race two with an eighth place finish.
Attleborough's Ollie Jackson has almost secured the Pro-Am1 section of the Porsche Carrera Cup after the two races at Donington Park.
Jackson claimed second in class after a terrible start to the opening race and then followed it up with maximum points in race two.
'It was a tough race and Jonas Gelzinis was pushing me all the way,' said Jackson afterwards.
Mulbarton racer Tristan Cliffe returned to the top step of the Mono 2000 podium with victory at Cheshire's Oulton Park circuit, on only his second visit to the venue.
He made winning the race difficult when he spun and stalled on the final lap but was able to recover before his rivals to claim victory.
BTCC TV commentator Ben Edwards, from Diss, finished in sixth place and won the FF1600 category on his debut in the series.