- Simon Paice
Breakell Racing Continue Fantastic 2022 Season With Podium Quartet
Breakell Racing have secured a great haul of podium finishes across a busy fortnight of racing in the Radical Challenge, Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 SuperCup and British Endurance Championship.
The Lancashire team continued their successful Radical Challenge season at Oulton Park for a one-day event (13 August). Rising star Noah Degnbol was once again behind the wheel of their Radical SR3 as he aimed to continue his superb season so far.
The Danish talent was immediately at home around the unique Oulton Park circuit and missed out on topping the timesheets in qualifying by the narrowest of margins, just three thousandths of a second. He did secure the race two pole though on second best times.
Degnbol wasted no time in storming into the lead in the sprint race opener however, seizing the advantage through the opening corner. From there, he produced a perfect drive to withstand pressure from those behind, make no mistakes and record a memorable race victory.
The longer 45-minute endurance race that afternoon started in similar fashion, with Degnbol leading the way in style for the opening ten laps. After doing his pitstop behind the safety car, he unfortunately had an incident after the restart that ended his race prematurely.
Degnbol now lies second in the Radical Challenge championship standings, 50 points off the summit, heading into the final rounds of the 2022 season on the Donington Park Grand Prix circuit next month (17/18 September).
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On the same weekend as Degnbol was in action, Breakell Racing were also at Snetterton in Norfolk for the GT4 SuperCup. Confidence was high heading into the event following a sensational first overall victory two weeks’ prior at Knockhill.
Wes Pearce was targeting more silverware in the competitive G56 Am class and following a productive run during Friday’s free practice sessions, he got the weekend off to a great start in qualifying by lapping in sixth overall and second in class on the timesheets.
As the summer heatwave bathed Snetterton in sunshine, Pearce produced faultless drives in all three races. Staying out of trouble in each of them, he pounded in fast, consistent lap times in his distinctive blue and pink liveried Ginetta G56 GT4 on his way to a hat-trick of second place class finishes.
Those results mean that he remains at the top of the G56 Am standings with a 38 point advantage heading into the next rounds, when the GT4 SuperCup visits the fastest circuit in the UK, Thruxton, this weekend (27/28 August).
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One week on from those outings and the team were making the trip from Clitheroe to Donington Park for a second outing of the season in the ultra-competitive British Endurance Championship with their Mercedes AMG-GT4.
Continuing an exciting first year in professional GT4 racing with the Mercedes, which has already included races on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit and Red Bull Ring in Austria, the team were focused on getting more crucial mileage under their belts in the 500bhp GT racer.
New Zealand driver Grant Dalton was back in action to continue his racing education, with team principal James Breakell sharing driving duties. After a productive run during testing in the lead up to the event, they put in a strong showing in qualifying to end up fifth fastest in class.
Unfortunately they were caught up in an incident at the first corner of the two-hour race, however a fantastic effort from the Breakell Racing team got them back on track soon after. A faultless performance from the Mercedes from there saw Dalton secure a top five class finish.
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James Breakell: ’“It’s been a busy couple of weeks, running three different cars at three different circuits, and we’ve enjoyed every second. The whole Breakell Racing team have been fantastic, putting fast race cars on track and providing a professional service to our customers.
“To be in contention for two championship titles heading into the business end of the season is great. Noah has been an absolute star all year in the Radicals and richly deserved his win at Oulton Park, while Wes didn’t put a foot wrong all weekend at Snetterton and got some big points under his belt with the three podiums.
“It was great to get the Mercedes out again too and enjoy another productive weekend with Grant. We’ve really got to grips with the Mercedes now and are looking forward to some exciting opportunities with the car in 2023.”
Image from Ollie Read.