TCR’s Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup squad had a tricky time at Silverstone National Circuit today with both Carl Breeze and Fulvio Mussi struggling with engine-related power issues which ultimately cost both the chance of a potential podium result.

For title challenger Breeze, a strong run to fourth place was a good result all things considered while Mussi had to call on all of his defensive nous to keep a train of cars behind him for almost the entire duration of the 21st round. Better fortune went the way of the team’s Danish driver, Joachim Ritter, who produced one of his best drives of the year to take a very competitive ninth place.

Breeze lined up fifth on the grid for this afternoon’s G50 Cup encounter and although getting away from the line well, he found himself boxed in on the inside run to Copse behind Chris Dittmann and so lost a place to Tom Sharp.

It didn’t take the TCR ace long though to get into the top four where he remained to the chequered flag, pressuring Dittmann for the podium throughout while at the same time defending his top four placing well from the attentions of Sharp.

Mussi made his backed machine as wide as possible to hold on to seventh place with a terrific effort and in doing so he increased his points cushion in fourth place in the driver standings. Ritter, meanwhile, secured his 12th top 10 result with an impressive drive, gaining two places on his starting slot of 11th position and also moving into ninth in the championship.

“We’re definitely lacking some straight-line speed with Carl and Fulvio, we think there’s an engine issue with both of their cars so we need to get that looked into more deeply”, said Brookes, “Taking that into consideration, Carl did a great job to take a fourth place away today and Fulvio defended fantastically to take seventh place after he received yet more contact – he did very well.

“Joachim set some impressive lap times today, his ninth place was a good finish and especially with the fact we had a much bigger grid of cars this weekend. He’s improving more and more and picking up his pace nicely. We’re disappointed not to have been on the podium but the key thing is to get the power issue sorted for Carl and Fulvio so we can be back on top.”

TCR has three races to look forward to tomorrow, Sunday, 30th August, with round 22 of the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup getting underway at 10.10 and round 16 of the ELF Renault Clio Cup following at around 12.00. The rescheduled 11th round of the Ginetta G50 Cup will take place at approximately 15.55. Please check listings for details of live television coverage on ITV4.