|Tom Sharp had this to say about the run-in to season’s end
“Camberley racer Tom Sharp went into the penultimate round determined to leave still in the lead of the championship, a position he has been in all season.
After the mixed weekend weather wise at Rockingham the Silverstone weekend was dry and mainly sunny, though fog did postpone the start to racing on Sunday.
The qualifying session on Saturday morning took place on a drying track with drivers on slicks, including Sharp, getting used to the conditions first. Towards the end of the session times started tumbling and it looked like the last driver to take the chequered flag would benefit with a quicker time. This proved to be the case as Sharp unfortunately took the flag first but then saw other drivers bump him down to an eventual grid position of 7th.
After qualifying Sharp said “To be perfectly honest I was quite worried after seeing that I had dropped from 3rd to 7th on the final lap but that was when the track was at its driest and I just wasn’t able to make the most of it. The only real positive was that my main championship rival only managed 6th”
The first of two races took place on Saturday afternoon in totally dry conditions and after a great start by Sharp he had made up 2 places and was on the tail of championship rival Ingram. Unfortunately Sharp tried all he could to get past down the long straights, in particular the Wellington Straight, but was unable to make an overlap stick, so he crossed the line in 5th place.
The final race of the weekend took place on Sunday lunchtime in dry conditions and this time Sharp made up one place off the line and then with an audacious move into the complex overtook two cars to take him into 2nd place. He tried to close the gap to leader Breeze but had to settle for an excellent 2nd place at the flag
At the end of the weekend Sharp summed up “I knew that Carl (Breeze) would get the lead from where he was starting (on the grid for race 2) so I needed to finish behind him to hold onto the lead in the championship heading into the final round. I thought it would be a bit of a tall order but I managed a pair of decisive moves into Brooklands which left me second.”
“We’ve lead the championship all the way from the very first race of the season. Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit has always been my favourite track and hopefully it will be home to my first championship win, fingers crossed!”
The final race weekend of the season takes place on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit in Kent with races on October 20th & 21st.”
Whilst Carl Breeze – the man in form as the season draws to a close saw his late season charge like this:
Total 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.”