Carl Breeze

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Carl Breeze
Carl Breeze, Donington Park, Apr 2012.jpg
.Breeze as a Ginetta GT Supercup driver in 2012.
Nationality United Kingdom British
Born (1979-07-07) July 7, 1979 (age 35)
Kings Lynn (England)
2014 Ginetta GT Supercup
Debut season 2009
Current team Total Control Racing
Car no. 3
Former teams Tollbar Racing with WIRED
Starts 112
Wins 29
Poles 11
Fastest laps 22
Best finish 1st in 2012
Previous series
2010
2009–10
2005–08
2002–04
1999–2001
1998
1998
1996–97
GT4 European Cup
Ginetta G50 Cup
SEAT Cupra Championship
BTCC
Formula Renault UK
Formula Palmer Audi
French GT Championship
British Formula Ford
Championship titles
2001 Formula Renault UK

Carl Breeze (born 7 July 1979 in Kings Lynn) is a British auto racing driver. He is not to be confused with Hyla Breese, an Australian driver also with British Touring Car Championship experience. His racing heroes include Ayrton Senna, Nelson Piquet and Valentino Rossi. Breeze currently competes in the Ginetta GT Supercup.

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Breeze won 3 major British karting titles before moving up to car racing. He began his car racing career in British Formula Ford with a best result on 2nd in his debut season in 1996. For 1998 Breeze competed in Formula Palmer Audi[1] and competed in two races in the French GT Championship before moving into Formula Renault for 1999. In 2001 he was champion, with results which were stronger than Kimi Räikkönen's the previous year, although unlike Kimi he had experience of the championship and its circuits.

British Touring Car Championship[edit]

He made a move to tin-top racing in 2002, joining Vic Lee's team for rounds 4–10 of the BTCC in an independent Peugeot 406 Coupe. He signed for a full season in their self-developed Peugeot 307 in 2003, but moved to the GA team's Vauxhall Astra mid-season. He remained with the team for 2004[2] racing both the Astra and an Alfa Romeo, with an assortment of team-mates including Stefan Hodgetts, Kelvin Burt and Gavin Smith.

SEAT and Ginetta[edit]

Breeze driving at Snetterton in the 2007 SEAT Cupra Championship.

For 2005 he moved to the SEAT Cupra Championship with the Barwell team, finishing 4th overall with one with and 10 podiums. For 2006 he raced for Edenbridge as team-mate to Tom Ferrier,[3] and continued in the SEAT Cupra competition.

When SEAT ended the championship after the 2008 season, Breeze switched to the Ginetta G50 series in 2009 where he ended the year third in the driver standings – an impressive effort after sustaining a leg injury during an early-season race at Oulton Park. In 2010, he remained in Ginetta G50 and finished the season as Vice-Champion. Breeze also raced in one round of the GT4 European Cup in 2010 driving a Ginetta G50 GT4 with co-driver Frank Wrathall.[4]

For 2011 the Ginetta G50 Cup became the Ginetta GT Supercup[5] and Breeze challenged for the title again in the new Ginetta G55, but lost out by 5 points in the championship to Adam Morgan. He will continue to race in the Ginetta GT Supercup in 2012 racing for Tollbar Racing.[6]

Breeze had a disastrous start to the 2012 season and the task looked near-impossible with a deficit of almost 120 points after just 3 rounds. With the title in mind Carl move back to his old TCR team and put together a sensational campaign charge. A run of 18 podiums out of a possible 19, which included 6 wins saw Breeze secure the Championship in the last race of the season at Brands Hatch.[7] Long time sponsor Blue Chip Customer Engineering Ltd have put together a 2012 season highlights page [8]

In 2013, a last-minute deal meant that Breeze was able to return to defend his 2012 championship,[9] remaining with TCR. A season-opening win at Brands Hatch Indy circuit saw the campaign get off to a good start, followed by two more wins at Donington Park in rounds 4 and 5.

At the third meeting of the season at Thruxton on 4/5 May, Carl nearly scored maximum points by taking wins in rounds 7 and 8, and a 2nd place finish in round 9, having lost the lead of that race to Tom Ingram on the penultimate lap.

Racing record[edit]

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) Races in bold indicate pole position (1 point awarded – 2002 all races, 2003–2004 just for first race) Races in italics indicate fastest lap (1 point awarded all races) * signifies that driver lead race for at least one lap (1 point given – 2002 just in feature race, 2003–2004 all races)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Pen. Pos Pts
2002 Team Halfords Peugeot 406 Coupé T BRH
1
BRH
2
OUL
1
OUL
2
THR
1
THR
2
SIL
1

DNS
SIL
2

16
MON
1

Ret
MON
2

18
CRO
1

8
CRO
2

12*
SNE
1

14
SNE
2

6
KNO
1

Ret
KNO
2

14
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

DNS
DON
1

13
DON
2

7
−5 17th 8
2003 Team Halfords Peugeot 307 T MON
1

Ret
MON
2

10
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

10
THR
1

10
THR
2

Ret
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

DNS
ROC
1

Ret
ROC
2

9
13th 22
GA Motorsport Vauxhall Astra Coupé CRO
1

8
CRO
2

9
SNE
1

Ret
SNE
2

7
BRH
1

10
BRH
2

15*
DON
1

8
DON
2

8
OUL
1

15
OUL
2

11
2004 Team Sureterm GA Motorsports Alfa Romeo 156 THR
1

Ret
THR
2

Ret
THR
3

11
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

DNS
BRH
3

DNS
SIL
1

7
SIL
2

16
SIL
3

5
OUL
1

Ret
OUL
2

13
OUL
3

Ret
MON
1

11
MON
2

Ret
MON
3

8
CRO
1

11
CRO
2

13
CRO
3

14
KNO
1

Ret
KNO
2

Ret
KNO
3

DNS
15th 14
Vauxhall Astra Coupé BRH
1

13
BRH
2

12
BRH
3

10
SNE
1

14
SNE
2

Ret
SNE
3

Ret
DON
1
DON
2
DON
3

Complete SEAT Cupra Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap – 1 point awarded all races)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Pts
2005 Barwell Motorsport SEAT León Cupra DON
1

5
DON
2

6
THR
1

1
THR
2

2
BRH
1

2
BRH
2

3
OUL
1

2
OUL
2

6
CRO
1

2
CRO
2

3
SNE
1

Ret
SNE
2

2
KNO
1

4
KNO
2

3
SIL
1

4
SIL
2

Ret
BRH
1

5
BRH
2

2
4th 191
2006 CMS Motorsport SEAT León Cupra BRH
1

5
BRH
2

7
OUL
1

8
OUL
2

12
THR
1

Ret
THR
2

5
CRO
1

4
CRO
2

4
DON
1

4
DON
2

4
SNE
1

6
SNE
2

11
KNO
1

12
KNO
2

11
BRH
1

5
BRH
2

1
SIL
1

1
SIL
2

13
7th 141
2007 CMS Motorsport SEAT León Cupra BRH
1

1
BRH
2

4
ROC
1

Ret
ROC
2

7
THR
1

3
THR
2

5
CRO
1

4
CRO
2

5
OUL
1

3
OUL
2

10
DON
1

Ret
DON
2

DNS
SNE
1

2
SNE
2

1
BRH
1

3
BRH
2

4
KNO
1

9
KNO
2

1
THR
1

18
THR
2

2
3rd 204
2008 Welch Motorsport SEAT León Cupra BRH
1

2
BRH
2

4
ROC
1

1
ROC
2

5
DON
1

2
DON
2

3
THR
1

4
THR
2

13
CRO
1

5
SNE
1

1
SNE
2

3
SNE
3

41
OUL
1

7
OUL
2

7
KNO
1

5
KNO
2

3
SIL
1

3
SIL
2

3
BRH
1

9
BRH
2

5
4th 250
  1. ^ – Race staged in place of the cancelled race at Croft.

Complete Ginetta G50 Cup/GT Supercup results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1 point awarded in first race) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap – 1 point awarded all races)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Pen. DC Pts
2009 Total Control Racing Ginetta G50 BRH
1

1
BRH
2

2
BRH
3

1
THR
1

1
THR
2

3
THR
3

1
DON
1

4
DON
2

2
DON
3

2
OUL
1

4
CRO
1

2
CRO
2

Ret
CRO
3

DNS
SNE
1

1
SNE
2

1
SNE
3

1
KNO
1

Ret
KNO
2

4
KNO
3

3
SIL
1

4
SIL
2

3
SIL
3

161
ROC
1

4
ROC
2

Ret
ROC
3

8
BRH
1

7
BRH
2

7
BRH
3

8
3rd 629
2010 Total Control Racing Ginetta G50 THR
1

5
THR
2

3
THR
3

4
ROC
1

2
ROC
2

1
ROC
3

2
BRH
1

1
BRH
2

1
BRH
3

13
OUL
1

1
OUL
2

1
CRO
1

3
CRO
2

3
CRO
3

3
SNE
1

1
SNE
2

1
SNE
3

2
SIL
1

2
SIL
2

6
KNO
1

4
KNO
2

10
KNO
3

9
DON
1

13
DON
2

9
DON
3

3
BRH
1

1
BRH
2

1
BRH
3

3
−40 2nd 717
2011 Total Control Racing Ginetta G55 G55 BRH
1

3
BRH
2

9
BRH
3

2
DON
1

2
DON
2

NC
DON
3

3
THR
1

1
THR
2

2
THR
3

1
OUL
1

2
OUL
2

3
CRO
1

4
CRO
2

5
CRO
3

2
SNE
1

1
SNE
2

2
SNE
3

4
KNO
1

3
KNO
2

4
KNO
3

Ret
ROC
1

1
ROC
2

14
BRH
1

1
BRH
2

1
BRH
3

5
SIL
1

3
SIL
2

4
2nd 689
2012 Tollbar Racing with WIRED Ginetta G55 G55 BRH
1

4
BRH
2

12
BRH
3

Ret
DON
1

2
DON
2

2
DON
3

4
THR
1

3
THR
2

9
THR
3

3
1st 719
TCR OUL
1

2
OUL
2

2
CRO
1

1
CRO
2

2
CRO
3

2
SNE
1

4
SNE
2

1
SNE
3

3
KNO
1

1
KNO
2

1
KNO
3

2
ROC
1

2
ROC
2

3
SIL
1

2
SIL
2

1
BRH
1

2
BRH
2

3
BRH
3

3
2013 TCR Ginetta G55 G55 BRH
1

1
BRH
2

6
BRH
3

Ret
DON
1

1
DON
2

1
DON
3

Ret
THR
1

1
THR
2

1
THR
3

2
OUL
1

4
OUL
2

4
CRO
1

2
CRO
2

3
CRO
3

Ret
SNE
1

2
SNE
2

1
SNE
3

4
KNO
1

3
KNO
2

3
KNO
3

4
ROC
1

8
ROC
2

7
SIL
1

7
SIL
2

3
BRH
1

6
BRH
2

3
BRH
3

6
2nd 626
2014 United Autosports Ginetta G55 G55 BRH
1

4
BRH
2

Ret
BRH
3

Ret
DON
1

4
DON
2

4
DON
3

5
THR
1

2
THR
2

2
THR
3

5
OUL
1

2
OUL
2

6
CRO
1

1
CRO
2

1
CRO
3

2
SNE
1

3
SNE
2

2
SNE
3

4
KNO
1

1
KNO
2

1
KNO
3

2
ROC
1

3
ROC
2

4
SIL
1

4
SIL
2

4
BRH
1

9
BRH
2

8
BRH
3

Ret
3rd 615
  1. ^ – Race staged in place of the cancelled race at Oulton Park.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kimi Räikkönen
British Formula Renault
UK series champion

2001
Succeeded by
Danny Watts