King’s Lynn’s Carl Breeze’s double seals number one status
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King's Lynn's Carl Breeze narrowly missed out on a hat-trick of victories in the Ginetta GT Supercup while Josh Files is still searching for his first Renault Clio Cup victory, but left the latest rounds within touching distance of the championship leader.
Carrying the number one on his car, courtesy of being the reigning Ginetta Champion, has given Breeze huge confidence as the local racer stormed to a double victory at Thruxton.
Breeze made a monster of a start to Sunday's reverse grid third race and was in second place by the first chicane on the Hampshire circuit, after starting sixth, before taking the lead on the second lap.
Thereafter the local racer opened up a considerable gap, but title rival Tom Ingram had saved two new tyres and found form in the closing stages to close in on Breeze and force his way past on the penultimate lap as Breeze ran out of grip from his well worn tyres.
'I have equalled my win tally of five from last year this early in the season so we are in a stronger position at the moment which is promising,' said Breeze.
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Files, from Porlingland, is still unable to find that elusive first Clio Cup victory, but a double podium has elevated the local racer to within four points of the championship lead.
In the opening race a poor start saw Files fall to sixth, after lining up in second place, but he gradually picked off his rivals to regain second place but was unwilling to throw away decent championship points with a rash challenge for the lead.
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'A poor start was my downfall yet again, I need to sort it out,' said Files. 'I had the quicker car today but I ultimately had to preserve my championship position by taking the points for second place. I could have risked a lunge, but I knew I could have come off worst.'
Race two yielded third place – his fourth podium of the season, the most of anyone in the series, which allowed him to close down the points advantage to Paul Rivett.