Breeze, Freke, Morgan all share Snetterton Ginetta spoilsPosted: August 10, 2011
Breeze made the perfect start to his weekend by taking pole position with a time that was 0.2s ahead of his rival Nathan Freke in second, with his two nearest rivals in the champiosnhip lining up behind them on the second row of the grid, Adam Morgan third and Tom Sharp fourth respectively ahead of Phil Broad who was fifth on his return, debuting in a G55.
Breeze then converted pole position into victory in the first race of the weekend later that Saturday afternoon, leading the pack into Riches for the first time and defending well from Freke who tried a bold move around the outside of the first corner that he had to back out of, allowing Morgan to slip through into second place.
Breeze then began extending his lead over the next few laps, while Freke recovered his second place by making a move on Morgan at the Montreal hairpin on lap five. Freke then began to close the gap to leader Breeze, but the championship leader was never in danger and won the race by 1.579s. Freke finished second ahead of Morgan, Sharp, Broad and Lee Pattison, who was making his G55 class debut.
Colin White was an early casualty from the race after his car suffered an oil leak caused by debris, but his charge in the second race would be one of the talking points of the series’ visit to Snetterton.
In the G50 class, Tollbar Racing took victory in their first Supercup race with Jake Hill, who overtook Jody Fannin for his second G50 class win of the season. Fannin held second ahead of Aaron Williamson, while class leader Tom Ingram finished eighth after clutch problems in what turned out to be a nightmare weekend for the runaway leader of the first half of the year.
Sunday’s two 12-lap races were highly entertaining and Freke got his revenge in race two with a great start to beat Breeze into turn one, The Total Control Racing man suffering from a dragging clutch on the grid.
Breeze was not going down without a fight and kept the gap under a second for the first half of the race, but Freke then found some extra pace and eased out a gap, setting a lap record of the Snetteron 300 circuit on his way to a fourth win in seven races for the Century Motorsport driver.
Breeze followed him home by less than a second, while Morgan took another podium ahead of Sharp and Pattison. Entertaining the crowds with a sensational recovery drive from last on the grid to sixth place was White, while the G50 class was won for a third time this year by Andrew Richardson, beating Fannin and Louise Richardson who took a fantastic podium finish on her return to the series.
The third and final race saw White rewarded for his hard work in race two when he was drawn on the reverse grid pole with Pattison alongside him. LHR Development’s Pattison made a strong start and tried to sweep around the outside of White through Riches, but White would not give an inch and the pair collided, sending Pattison spinning off and White onto the grass with damaged steering. Pattison continued but White’s weekend was over.
Morgan was therefore handed the lead on a plate ahead of Sharp, Freke and Breeze, who had been locked together all weekend. Morgan looked secure until coming under pressure from Sharp in the closing laps, and on the penultimate lap Sharp outbreaked Morgan for the lead into Riches, but ran slightly wide and allowed Morgan back past him at Montreal hairpin. The move opened a gap for Freke to edge Sharp wide at the exit of the hairpin through to take second from the team IDL driver.
Morgan completed the last lap without drama to take his second win of the season by almost four seconds as Freke spent the last lap fending off the fiesty Sharp for second. The consistent Breeze finished just behind them in fourth, ahead of Broad, George Murrells and Pattison recovering to seventh place.
Andrew Richardson took his second win of the day in the G50 class after passing Fannin at Riches on lap seven after he lost time on the opening lap avoiding Pattison’s spinning car, with Williamson completing the class podium winning out his own battle with Hill, while points leader Ingram finished three laps down in last with broken suspension.
The miserable weekend for Ingram means that Fannin has now closed to within two points of the G50 class lead, while Carl Breeze now has a 31-point lead after a solid and consistent weekend.
Ginetta GT supercup G55 standings after round six:
1: Carl Breeze 449
2: Tom Sharp, 418
3: Adam Morgan, 418
4: Nathan Freke, 360
5: George Murrells, 316
Ginetta G50 standings after round six:
1: Tom Ingram, 416
2: Jody Fannin, 414
3: Aaron Williamson, 348
4: Jake Hill, 333
5: Andrew Richardson, 260