Total Control Racing will field its strongest ever driver line-up in the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup this year, it is confirmed today, with the announcement reigning champion Carl Breeze will return to defend his title – joining G50 Cup class title winner Mark Davies and rapid front-runner Jamie Orton.
Just days away from the opening three rounds of the 2013 season at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in Kent, the Wednesbury team is delighted to confirm a three-car assault on the British Touring Car Championship support category as it aims to retain the title memorably won by Breeze last year.
With Breeze, Davies and Orton all having the capability to battle for the overall crown in their respective Ginetta G55s, TCR team principal Lee Brookes is relishing the new season and a potential challenge for both driver and team silverware.
“Hopefully we’ve got the strongest team, we’ll have to wait and see”, said Brookes, “We’ve got the G55 Champion from last year, the G50 Champion from last year and Jamie’s back as well – it really is a great team. We won it having missed the first three race meetings last year, so this year could be even better.
“I’ve worked with Carl for a few years now, he’s always up for the fight but he won’t have it easy as everyone will be out to beat him – in fairness though, he’s never had it easy, he’s always had to fight really hard. Working with Mark, I could tell straight away he’s up for it as well and so is Jamie, to be honest, so at some stage this season we could have a chance of a one-two-three on the podium.”
Brookes added: “This is definitely the best team we’ve had in GT Supercup for sure. All three guys just need to work together to have the best season they can, obviously they’ll all want to beat each other and they’ve all got the same kit so we’ll see which of them can have the best year.”
Kings Lynn driver Breeze proved a very popular champion last year, having been tantalisingly close to securing the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup crown during the previous two seasons. His sensational title victory was all the more noteworthy having had to overturn an early season deficit of well over 100 points – his first title success since winning the 2001 Formula Renault UK Championship.
Davies, who was the first driver to conclude a 2013 deal with TCR, made an outstanding debut in the premier G55 Class during the season finale last year by winning two of the three races. His march to the G50 title was unstoppable with 14 victories and a total of 21 podiums, from 23 races contested in the class, enabling the Huddersfield driver to wrap-up the championship one event early.
London-based Orton, who originally announced he would be competing with a rival team this year, has already taken the decision to return to TCR and will undoubtedly benefit from the experience of his title winning team-mates. Last season, his first full campaign in the Ginetta GT Supercup, was one of highs and lows with more than his fair share of misfortune, but the speed is undoubtedly there.
Rounds one, two and three of the 2013 Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup will take place this weekend, 30th/31st March, at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit. TCR will also have its Renault UK Clio Cup squad in action for the opening two races of its campaign, running category returnee Rob Smith who was an impressive sixth fastest overall during official pre-season testing at Silverstone last week.
Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.