Tom Sharp takes first blood in Race One of 2012

Tom Sharp took first blood of the Ginetta GT Supercup season at Brands Hatch earlier today after a dominant lights to flag victory

Tom Ingram took a superb second in his début drive in a G55 car with Josh Wakefield taking third after spending most of the race engaged in a fierce battle with Ingram.

Lining up on pole, Sharp made an lightning getaway as the lights went green, with Andrew Richardson remaining in second place as they attacked Paddock Hill for the first time.

A drive through penalty on lap two led ruined Andrew Richardson’s race dropping him from second place to the back of the field, allowing Ingram to chase down Sharp for the lead, whilst Josh Wakefield was having a strong race in third place.

In fourth was Carl Breeze, who had a great opening lap of the race to fight his way up from ninth on the grid after struggles in qualifying.

Hunter Abbott and Fergus Walkinshaw were running in fifth and sixth place for Century Motorsport, Jamie Orton was running in seventh place before a spin at Clark Curve midway through the race forced him to retire, moving Colin White up to seventh.

The fierce battle between Ingram and Wakefield continued to intensify in the final two laps, with both cars running nose to tail, but Ingram refused to give up and stayed calm and composed to secure him the second place, just 0.118 seconds ahead of Wakefield.

As the chequered flag dropped, it was a win for Tom Sharp, whilst Tom Ingram and Josh Wakefield filed in line in second and third place respectively. Carl Breeze brought his car home in fourth place, just 0.456 seconds ahead of Hunter Abbott in fifth.

On the G50 grid, Mark Davies led from the off with his team mate Louise Richardson right behind him, claiming first and second positions in the G50 class. Max Coates was enjoying a good run before he was handed a five second penalty for driving standards during lap 12, also a snapped anti-roll bar caused the Ginetta Junior graduate to have handling problems for the last half of the race.

Watch the action unfold tomorrow for Races 2 & 3 live on ITV4 and ITV4 HD from 11am – 6pm tomorrow.

For full race classification click here.

For full championship standings click here.

Photo Credit: Jakob Ebrey (http://www.jakobebrey.com)

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