A pair of wins at Rockingham Motor Speedway for Carl Breeze saw him climb to second overall in the Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup as the BRDC qualifying series enters its crucial final phase.
Tom Oliphant claimed pole position ahead of round 21, but it was a lightening start for Breeze which saw the former championship leader slice into the lead as the cars headed into Deene for the first time.
In what was an unusually subdued race for the BTCC support series, the cars were soon fanned out around the track, with Ollie Jackson making the most of the overtaking opportunities around the Corby track.
A battle which began at Tarzan saw Jackson pile the pressure on Tom Wrigley with five laps to go. Running side-by-side throughout the remainder of the lap, Jackson eventually nosed ahead on the run to the line.
On a charge, Jackson then reeled in the yellow Ginetta G55 GT4 of Bradley Smith, and when the latter ran wide at Gracelands, Jackson was there to capitalise on the error to make up another position on lap three.
In the AM class, visiting driver Connaire Finn claimed a lights to flag victory. Fraser Robertson was looking strong for second until he retired at the end of the pit lane with just a few laps left to run. This promoted his main rival Osamu Kawashima into the second podium position.
Starting from pole position, the second race came easy to Breeze, who enjoyed his second dominant win of the weekend. Behind though, Oliphant and Burns were going hard at it to finish best of the rest.
Oliphant was the early battle leader, with the twosome momentarily trading places at Yentwood in the first half, before Burns forced his way through at Chapman Curve on lap 12 and made the move stick
In the AM class, Finn took an early retirement from the race following contact with Somerfield on the opening lap, forcing the latter to work hard to work his way up the order from a long way back.
Finn’s demise saw Robertson claim the class lead, and although he came under immense pressure from rival Kawashima – with the pair trading places on the penultimate lap – he managed to emerge in the lead by the time they took the flag, marking the first win of his career.
In similar style to the opening encounter, the 18 lap race didn’t see too much in the way of overtaking. With Breeze streets ahead and Burns preoccupied with Oliphant. Down the road Jackson, Smith and Wrigley were left to fight for fourth.
Try as he might, Smith was unable to find a route around Jackson and was left to settle for fifth at the flag, with Wrigley and the recovering Somerfield rounding out the Pro field.
The result sees Breeze promoted into second place in the championship after teammate Jamie Orton – who was in second place coming into the weekend – elected not to participate in Sunday’s races.
Provisional Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup Standings After 22 Rounds
1 OLIPHANT, Tom 617
2 BREEZE, Carl 560
3 ORTON, Jamie 501
4 BURNS, Will 436
5 CAINE, Michael 397
6 SOMERFIELD, Reece 386
7 WRIGLEY, Tom 381
8 JACKSON, Ollie 354
9 SMITH, Bradley 272
10 HALE, Mitchell 124