Total Control Racing is to make a return to the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup this weekend, at Oulton Park in Cheshire, after confirming deals with multiple category race winner Carl Breeze and talented series rookie Jamie Orton.
Already fielding cars in the AirAsia Renault UK Clio Cup and Total Quartz Ginetta GT5 Challenge this year, the Wednesbury squad has been hungry to restore itself at the forefront in Ginetta’s flagship GT Supercup championship and is confident of doing so with Breeze and Orton back onboard.
Kings Lynn-based Breeze, raced with TCR in the championship during the previous three years and was Vice-Champion in 2010 and 2011. Budget restrictions ahead of the new campaign initially dictated a move elsewhere in the paddock but the 32-year-old is now back with his old team.
“It feels like coming home”, said Breeze, “I’m really looking forward to being back with TCR and I want to get back to winning ways. I knew Lee [Brookes – TCR team principal] was keen to have me back in the team and we wanted to be there, but we’ve had a situation with our budget this year which has made things difficult. Luckily, we’ve now managed to do a deal for the rest of the season.
“We’re quite a long way behind in the championship but, as we saw last year, it can all change pretty quickly. If we can start off with some good results at Oulton Park I know we can put the pressure on, and I’m confident I’ll have a car capable of winning races at every circuit we go to. I’m delighted to be back with the team and looking forward to working closely with Jamie.”
Orton, who cut his teeth in the ultra-competitive world of Caterham racing and won the R300 title in 2011 off the back of the Roadsport A crown in 2010, debuted in the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup with TCR during last year’s championship finale at Silverstone but purchased his own Ginetta G55 for the new season.
Although having taken his first category podium in only the third race of the year, the 32-year-old Londoner is keen to make even greater progress and sees working with Breeze, coupled with the vast experience of TCR, as a true winning partnership.
“I’m really excited to be back working with TCR, when I debuted in GT Supercup with the team last year everything was great”, commented Orton, “So far this year I have struggled a bit without a team-mate and with Carl [Breeze] back onboard at the team, that’s what I need – a quick team-mate and the chance to work together on the data and find out where I need to improve.
“I really want to do a good job for Lee [Brookes] and the guys, they always put their heart and soul into everything they do. The whole team puts so much effort into giving its drivers the best possible equipment, they’re so into the detail of everything and always want to go out there and win.”
Having won the team championship in its first season in the category in 2009, securing the title with six races to spare, TCR has enjoyed huge success each year since and team principal Lee Brookes is sure the return of Breeze and Orton will deliver continued silverware.
“It’s fantastic news for everyone at TCR we’re back in the GT Supercup”, added Brookes, “We know we’ve got plenty of ground to make up on the others in the championship but we’re aiming to go out there and be fighting for wins and podiums straight away.
“Carl’s more determined than ever to get back onto the top step of the podium and we’re certain we can give him the car to do it. Jamie’s very quick and has a lot of ability, we saw that when he raced with us in the final round last year. We know they’re going to work really well together and help push each other on.”
Ahead of the Oulton Park race meeting on 9th/10th June, Breeze is third in the driver standings on 192 points while Orton is 10th in the championship with 99 points.
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