Carl Breeze - Silverstone Ginetta GT PodiumTotal Control Racing’s Carl Breeze is firmly in contention for the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup title going into the final three rounds of the 2012 season a fortnight from now after securing his fifth win of the year at Silverstone National Circuit on Sunday, 7th October.

Enjoying a hugely successful weekend, Breeze – who prior to rejoining the Wednesbury team for the fourth weekend of the season at Oulton Park was some 118 points behind in the driver standings – is now tied on points with long-time series leader Tom Sharp and just two behind on ‘drop scores’.

Beginning the first of the Silverstone races on Saturday, 6th October, from sixth on the grid after a very closely contested qualifying session, Breeze made a blistering start to climb into third place by the first corner. He then took second on lap 13, again at Copse, where he remained to the finish.

Lining-up on the front-row of the grid for round 24 on Sunday, the TCR racer again rocketed away from the line with a perfect start and grabbed the lead into Copse. Building an advantage of more than two seconds by mid distance, Breeze then eased to a 1.6 second winning margin and only missed out on the fastest lap by less than 0.1 seconds.

“That was exactly what we needed”, said Breeze after his race two victory, “We were quick in testing and we kept the car the same for qualifying, I think we just picked up too much rear grip and had too much understeer which put us back in sixth place. Saturday’s race was fantastic, I managed to get three drivers off the start – it was a rocket getaway, looked like I had KERS in the car!

“Winning race two was fantastic, we had so much pace in the car and I have to say special thanks to my engineer Kenny and all the boys at TCR. I call Kenny the Harry Potter, he’s a magician with the car and can solve any problems. We just need to go to Brands focused, we’ve got the momentum.”

Team-mate Jamie Orton, meanwhile, had a mixed weekend. Excellent pace in qualifying wasn’t, unfortunately, rewarded when the first year Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup racer went off the circuit at Luffield on lap three of the opening race while challenging for the top six. With his Ginetta G55 sustaining a blown engine, the London-based driver elected to sit out Sunday’s action.

“Carl’s done a superb job this weekend”, commented TCR team principal Lee Brookes, “We couldn’t have asked for any better from him this weekend, two fantastic races. We knew we could pull back some of the deficit coming back into the championship mid-season but to pull the amount we have with three races to go is incredible.”

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.