Carl Breeze snatched the 2012 championship crown by just five points following the final race at Kent’s famous Brands Hatch circuit, after what has been nothing short of a fine return to form with TCR.
With Tom Sharp failing to compete in the first of the weekends trio of races, Breeze begin the final day of racing leading the championship, but with the title going down to the wire in the final race of the afternoon, there was little doubt motorsport fans were in for an exciting curtain call.
The reverse grid for the final race saw Tom Ingram starting from pole position with Jake Hill alongside, and Sharp behind, as the lights went out, Ingram held the lead into the first corner, with Sharp up to second and Hill in third.
Starting from sixth on the grid, a problem for G50 Champion Mark Davies saw him fall to the rear of the pack – a position unbeknown to him having won the opening two rounds on the weekend. Whilst in the G50 class, an off for race two winner Harry Cockill sees his race come to an early end in the gravel, promoting Declan Jones into the P1 spot, with Rob Gaffney in second.
On lap three, Ingram began to come under increasing pressure from Sharp, succumbing to the IDL racer on the run out of Druids, whilst Breeze finds himself held up by the Tollbar Racing with WIRED car of Hill and makes a bold move on the youngster to continue his pursuit of Sharp.
Whilst Sharp was lapping a second quicker than Breeze, if the results were to remain, Breeze would take the championship by five points.
In the G50 class, lap five saw contact between Finn and Gaffney at Clearways saw the Meridian Motorsport’s race come to an early end after what has been a disappointing weekend – however, it does nothing to the championship standings, which Gaffney sit’s in a comfortable second place.
Lap seven saw Hunter Abbott become a victim of the lack of grip in the wet as he has an off at Druids, and finds himself momentarily beeched in the gravel until he is able to re-join, albeit in 14thplace. At the front of the pack, contact between Hill and Richardson on the exit of Surtees dropped Hill to sixth with Richardson and Walkinshaw passing the KX Akademy finalist.
In the G50 class, Jones and Somerfield run ahead of the G55’s of Hoggarth and Davies in ninth and tenth overall, with championship newcomer Dan Norris-Jones sitting third. However, a problem for Jones on the final lap saw him lose his well-earned advantage, promoting Somerfield to glory, with Norris-Jones in second and Jones forced to settle for overall third.
As the flag dropped, it was a bittersweet victory for Tom Sharp - who led the championship from the first rounds here in March - with Ingram bringing home second place and Breeze’s third place points being enough to earn him the 2012 title.
With darkness falling over Brands Hatch, it’s certain that the finale was nothing short of grand, and as celebrations begin, we hang up our racing boots until it starts all over again in 2013.
1 C.Breeze 719
2 T.Sharp 714
3 T.Ingram 651
4 A.Richardson 469
5 C.White 402
6 H.Abbott 386
7 J.Hill 375
8 F.Walkinshaw 322
9 M.Hoggarth 270
10 J.Orton 253
1 M.Davies 743
2 R.Gaffney 636
3 R.Somerfield 475
4 J.Owen 356
5 D.Jones 285
6 M.Coates 272
7 L.Richardson 258
8 C.Finn 116
9 H.Cockill 111
10 I.Parsons 79