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Ginetta G50: Wrathall and Breeze share Brands spoils

Frank Wrathall secured his first win of the 2009 Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup during the second round of the season at Brands Hatch, but it was fellow front-runner Carl Breeze who extended his championship lead with a dominant lights-to-flag win in round three.

While Breeze headed into the action on a high after winning the season-opener at the Kent venue's 1.2-mile Indy Circuit on Saturday afternoon, it was Wrathall who took the round two honours after original race winner Nathan Freke was penalised for 'gaining an unfair advantage' as he jostled with Breeze for the lead.

On pole position for the weekend's second race – in fact, on pole for all three encounters – Total Control Racing star Breeze made a text-book getaway at the start of round two to lead through Paddock Hill Bend while the opposite was true for Jodi Firth who slipped from third on the grid to fifth as he was muscled-out around the first turn.

As the race headed into lap two, Breeze led second placed Wrathall with Freke in third while a little further back, Hampus Rydman and Firth were embroiled in an entertaining scrap over fifth position.

The top three certainly started to close up for a couple of laps but by the sixth tour Wrathall started to drop back from leader Breeze as Freke began to turn up the heat with continued pressure. On a huge charge, the Century Motorsport driver produced a great move into Druids Hairpin and then finalised the pass on the drop down to Graham Hill Bend.

While the action at the front continued to be hectic, Fulvio Mussi actually became the quickest driver on track on lap eight as he mounted a determined fight back after having problems getting off the line. Dropping right down the order at the start, the TCR man showed great speed as he climbed back through the order and just missed out on the fastest race lap by a 10th of a second.

Dramatic action came on lap 15 when race leader Breeze received contact to the rear of his car from the charging Freke on the run up to Druids. Resulting in the rear bodywork on Breeze's car rubbing his right-rear tyre, the contact also dislodged Freke's bonnet. Nonetheless, Breeze continued to hold the lead but as the battle between he and Freke intensified, it allowed Wrathall to close once more.

Just four laps from the finish though, more contact between Freke and Breeze saw the former slice up the inside at Druids to take the lead while Wrathall also nipped through into second as Breeze was delayed.

Freke went on to take the chequered flag and a robustly fought-out win but a while after the race had concluded, the Clerk of the Course served Freke with a two second time penalty which dropped him behind new round two winner Wrathall and second placed Breeze.



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james - Unregistered

April 08, 2009 1:07 PM

Breeze had a cheek to take issue with Freke in the second race. He blatantly chopped across and tried to drive Freke off the track approaching Druids. He knew Freke had a run on him and that he was being overtaken. Driving a competitor off the track isn't on, and I'm amazed the stewards let it go. Such tactics have no place in national racing where drivers struggle to find budgets and can't afford new panels for every meeting. Nathan Freke's attempt to recover his bonnet shows he's on a tight budget - if that stops him challenging Breeze in case he can't finish the season, it's a great shame. I know who I'll be supporting in this series and it ain't the Norfolk carrot cruncher.



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