Breeze and Morgan take Supercup wins as Ingram wraps up G50 crownPosted: October 9, 2011
Carl Breeze edged a small gap at the head of the Ginetta GT Supercup championship with two wins at Brands Hatch last weekend, but the weekend was all about the G50 class championship success of Tom Ingram.
A year after winning the Ginetta Junior championship, Ingram has lead the second-tier class for Ginetta G50 racers since the start of the season, and despite a brief sponsorship scare at the mid point of the season that distracted him momentarily he has held on against some equally strong opposition to claim the title that he fully deserved with a great weekend.
At the sharp end of the grid, Carl Breeze stamped his authority on the opposition with pole position for round 23, and snatched the championship lead with a comfortable lights to flag victory following a great start to lead his three rivals Tom Sharp, Adam Morgan and Nathan Freke through the first lap of the race.
The race was disrupted by an early safety car period to remove Jake Hill’s G50 from the gravel at Stirling’s, but once underway again Breeze was able to build a small a small gap over his rivals.
The guest driver for the weekend was ex-Touring Car racer Patrick Watts, and he defended fifth place well from the returning Phil Broad and CWS driver Colin White. On lap eight however he dropped behind the pair after overtaking moves from Broad at Paddock Hill and White at Graham Hill.
Breeze never really broke away from his rivals as Sharp kept in hot pursuit all the way to the flag, but Breeze held on for a 0.7s victory with Morgan and Freke third and fourth, followed by Broad and White although stewards later switched those positions after penalising Broad for gainng an advantage.
Watts was seventh in his return to racing ahead of G50 class winner Aaron Williamson who had the win in the bag ever since he passed Andrew Richardson – who had leapt from fifth to first in class at the start – on lap five, while Ingram was third in class after battling through from sixth in class on the grid.
Round 24 was a more polished performance from Breeze after another perfect start from pole shot him into the lead from Sharp, while a demon start from White saw him sweep into third from fifth around the outside at Paddock Hill Bend.
Breeze got his head down immediately and went on to seal a comfortable lights-to-flag victory – breaking the lap record in the process – ahead of main championship rival Sharp, the sixth win of the season for the Total Control Racing driver.
Behind them the fast-starting White was holding a train of cars behind him, and on lap four Morgan finally got by him and completed the podium finishers with third place. Freke and his Century Motorsport team-mate Broad were then quick to follow at Druids not too long after, leaving the CWS driver to hang on to sixth place ahead of Watts.
In the G50 class it was Williamson yet again that took the spoils, although he was mad to work for it hard by the charging Ingram, while drive of the day arguably went to Hill who finished third in class having fought his way through the field from 17th and last on the grid.
The final race of the day saw Broad surge into the first corner leading the way for round 25, however it was only brief as team-mate Freke made a move on him and snatched the lead on the first lap, before Broad was bumped down to third at the start of the next lap when Sharp dived past him for second at Paddock Hill.
Just like at Rockingham, Sharp was all over the back of Freke and forced him into a mistake at Surtees that allowed the IDL drvier to pull alongside down the back straight. Sharp was on the outside heading into Hawthorn’s, but as the pair raced side-by-side through the high-speed right hander they made contact and Sharp was fired heavily into the barriers.
Freke also ran wide after the contact and lost the lead to Morgan, with Broad third and Breeze fourth as the safety car was deployed to remove the wrecked car of the unfortunate Sharp.
Morgan made the perfect restart and was untroubled en route to his third win of the season, putting him second in the championship standings behind Breeze. Freke was second while Broad claimed his maiden podium in third, ahead of White who took advantage of a small mistake from Breeze that slipped the ex-Touring Car racer to fifth.
Williamson made it a hat-trick of G50 victories at Brands Hatch, but the real class winner was behind him, as Plans Motorsport driver Ingram came home second to claim the 2011 G50 class title, ahead of Hill after the Tollbar driver took Andrew Richardson on the last lap.
Ginetta GT supercup G55 standings after round nine:
1: Carl Breeze 640
2: Adam Morgan, 632
3: Tom Sharp, 613
4: Nathan Freke, 592
5: Colin White, 407
Ginetta G50 standings after round nine:
1: Tom Ingram, 664 – Champion
2: Jody Fannin, 590
3: Aaron Williamson, 583
4: Jake Hill, 514
5: Andrew Richardson, 392