Submitted on June 23rd 2012 14:31 by Nico Aaron Ugbaja.
As the Ginetta GT Supercup rolls into Croft Circuit this weekend, G55 drivers can look forward to a cash haul of at least £700 for each race winner in the first of two ‘double money’ rounds.
The top ten G55 finishers in each of this weekend’s races will be awarded £20 per championship point, and following two race wins last weekend, Tom Ingram (JHR Developments) will be looking to bag himself a good haul of points and cash, as he closes down the gap between himself and championship leader Tom Sharp (IDL UK); who found himself off the podium for the first time since the start of the championship during round 11.
Ingram said; “Oulton was a really important weekend for me as I knew that I had to start to reduce the gap at the top of the standings and that’s exactly what we did. Securing pole, fastest lap and two wins was perfect. The car was just phenomenal, all the JHR boys have done so much work to get the car at front of the field, that it was wonderful to repay all their hard work with such a great weekend.”
Sharp added; “Croft is a circuit I always love to visit, definitely one of my favourites. In fact, it was where I took my first championship race win in a Ginetta G50 a couple of years ago, so it’s always going to be a special place for me.”
Carl Breeze will also be looking for his first win of 2012 this weekend, having finished second in both his outings at Oulton Park. Happy to have re-joined Total Control Racing alongside Jamie Orton, the pair showed marked improvement around the Cheshire circuit and are certainly ones to watch for the remainder of the season.
Hunter Abbott (Century Motorsport) is certainly one to keep an eye on around Croft, taking the final spot on the podium alongside Ingram and Breeze in the final race at Oulton Park, whilst his team-mate Declan Jones, who joined the squad for Oulton Park has already earned himself a pole position and a podium slot on his debut in a G50.
Third Century Motorsport driver Fergus Walkinshaw said; “The main thing about Oulton Park was that I scored points in both races, but it would have been nice to have had a trouble-free run. I have to move on from that and concentrate on climbing back up the points table. I know I have the pace, I just need a little luck to go my way.”
Ginetta Junior Graduate Jake Hill also experienced marked success on his debut in the Ginetta GT Supercup at Oulton Park. As the youngest G55 driver on the grid, Hill proved his credentials with a 5th and 6th placed finish, so expect more of the same from this driver around Croft.
In the G50 class, Mark Davies (Richardson Racing) currently leads by 54 points, having earned himself a spot on the podium for every race bar one so far this season, but looking to reduce that gap is Rob Gaffney (Meridian Motorsport), with nine podium finishes to his name.
Elsewhere, Max Coates (Redbrick Racing) will be looking to improve on his four race wins in 2012 around this, his local circuit. He said; “Unfortunately I was not able to race at Oulton Park due to budget. However, Croft is my ‘home’ race and the feeling you get when you race at your home circuit is unbelievable. Hopefully we can find the partners we need to race and remount our title challenge.”
Now that Sharp’s winning streak has been broken, the Ginetta GT Supercup looks set to be awash with drivers determined to have their day on the top step of the podium, and with double money on offer for the G55 drivers, there’s little doubt that this weekend’s Ginetta GT Supercup is going to be a close call.
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