Tom Sharp blows Breeze away to bag Ginetta hat-trickPosted: April 3, 2011
The new Ginetta Supercup provided a great deal of entertainment and a fantastic weekend for G50 veteran Tom Sharp who won the third and final race at Brands to back up his two wins on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning respectively.
Having won the opening two races of the weekend for the new championship in the overall G55 class, he came through the field from fourth place in the reverse grid race which saw Colin White make a great start from the pole position in his best weekend of Ginetta racing to date for the former oval racing ace.
There was a huge heart-in-mouth moment for the field and onlookers at the start as Adam Morgan stalled his car from third on the grid and was only just missed by a number of cars as they ducked around the man who had picked up two second place finishes, although he did get away after the field had passed by him and luckily did not collect him.
Sharp took advantage of the drama to move up to second place and wasted no time in chasing after leader White before making his move with a late-braking lunge up the inside at Paddock Hill bend on lap six to take the lead.
Carl Breeze had entered the season as favourite for the title and the BTCC race drive prize, but after a race one podium a disastrous race two meant he finished ninth and started from the same position in the third race.
He quickly began to make progress through the field in the early stages, moving up to sixth place after the opening lap, then later making two identical late-braking lunges up the inside of Clearways firstly on Jochaim Ritter, then again on George Murrells for third place.
Morgan’s race was full of incident as he tried to recover for lost ground from his stall on the grid. He made contact with Jordan Skinner that turned the 44 car around, and then retired in dramatic fashion after being caught in an incident.
2010 Ginetta Junior runner-up Jake Hill was tapped into a spin at Druids by Alistair James and then seconds later, an unsighted Morgan could do nothing to avoid the stationary car and slammed head-on into Hill, leaving debris all over the track and prompting the safety car to make an appearance.
Breeze made his move at Paddock on White for second, but could not catch race leader Sharp who cruised to an emphatic hat-trick in the opening round.
The inaugural G50 series champion Nathan Freke shone on his return to the series and was also forced to perform a spirited fightback through the field, forcing his way past White for third place after which he would finish on the podium.
But Colin White’s spirited defensive drive came to a unduly end when on the last lap of the race he was turned around at Druids by an optimistic lunge from Murrells who carried on to finish fourth, whilst White suffered the frustration of a DNF.
Ginetta Junior champion Tom Ingram was on fire in the G50 class, almost mixing it with the new-spec cars as he dominated the class throughout the weekend’s racing.