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Joachim RitterIn Sunday’s Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup action, TCR’s drivers all had incidents of one type or another with both races proving to be tricky. The best result came with an excellent top five result for Joachim Ritter during round 24, three places ahead of Fulvio Mussi who was forced to pit midway through with damage. Carl Breeze was involved in contact early on which led to a retirement.

In round 25, Mussi was the best-placed of the drivers with a sixth place finish, two spots ahead of Breeze who again had a trying race. The latter did produce the pass of the day though when running around the outside of Colin White from Pif-Paf, along Steel Straight, through Gracelands and then making the move stick at Tarzan Hairpin. Ritter, meanwhile, finished in 11th position.

Brookes added: “Other than Joachim’s top five in the first race, Sunday was a very difficult day for the Ginetta team. We’re not sure why everything seemed to go wrong but that’s the way it goes sometimes. It’s very unfortunate but we plan to be back stronger in two weeks and get back to the front where we should be.”

The final two rounds of the ELF Renault Clio Cup and the last three races of the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup will take place a fortnight from now, 3rd/4th October, at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit in Kent.

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography

Carl BreezeEven though six races still remain in the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup, Total Control Racing has been officially confirmed as 2009 Team Champions in its debut year in the category with almost double the points of its nearest rival.

With the results from this past weekend’s Silverstone National Circuit races now declared final, TCR has scored an outstanding 1,000 points from the 22 rounds completed so far and cannot be caught over the remaining events at Rockingham in Northamptonshire and Brands Hatch in Kent.

To date Carl Breeze has taken seven race victories and seven other podiums for the team and is currently third overall in the driver standings, even though his entire season looked in jeopardy at Oulton Park in May when his car was T-boned at high speed by the unsighted Mark Proctor.

Team-mate Fulvio Mussi has been a consistent front-runner all year but his true breakthrough came at Knockhill in Scotland last month when he achieved his maiden Ginetta G50 Cup podium in the first of the weekend’s races, triggering a run of three successive visits to the rostrum. He is currently fourth in the championship.

Danish racer Joachim Ritter joined the TCR fold prior to the second event of the season at Thruxton Circuit in Hampshire, his arrival bolstering the squad’s attack. Improving markedly throughout the year, Ritter secured a season-best sixth place finish during round 20 at Knockhill to add to a string of consistent top 10 results. At present, he is a highly creditable 10th in the driver standings.

Winning the team’s title at its first attempt in the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup is a terrific achievement for Wednesbury-based TCR, team principal Lee Brookes commenting: “We’re absolutely delighted with the official confirmation we’ve won the team’s championship with two meetings to go. It’s a great result and shows what an excellent job our three drivers and the entire team has done.”

TCR will be back in action just over a fortnight from now, 19th/20th September, with rounds 23, 24 and 25 of the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup and rounds 17 and 18 of the ELF Renault Clio Cup taking place at Rockingham International Super Sports Car Circuit in Northamptonshire.

Provisional 2009 Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup Standings (after Rd22):
Drivers: 3rd Carl Breeze, 547pts; 4th Fulvio Mussi, 377pts; 10th Joachim Ritter, 227pts
Teams: Champions – Total Control Racing, 1000pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.