Rounds 7 & 8 of the championship will see the addition of a third independent Team Halfords Peugeot Coupe to the touring class, driven by 22-year old Carl Breeze. Carl had his first chance to get to grips with the car at the recent Toca test session at Snetterton, and will be looking to mount a serious challenge on the Independents championship throughout the rest of the season.
Carl began racing in karts in 1990, at the age of ten. He won three consecutive junior championships in his first three years of competition and then followed this up by becoming first the Junior British Champion and then the Senior British Champion, the youngest ever senior champion at that time.
In 1996 Carl moved into single seater racing with the Slick 50 Formula Ford 1st Division Championships and finished runner up in his first year. In 1997 he finished 4th with a limited budget in the Slick 50 Formula Ford Premier Division and was the top British driver.
In 1998 Carl was invited to drive a Marcos Mantis 4.6 litre sportscar at the Le Mans circuit in France for the European Sportscar Championship and with only 10 laps practice, stunned many people by putting the car on pole position and then winning the race by 24 seconds and recording a new lap record for the car.
For 1999 & 2000 Carl moved to Formula Renault, where he scored several race wins in uncompetitive machinery. In 2001 the rules changed with Renault adopting a one-make chassis format making all the cars more equal, leading to true driver talent showing through more. Carl had a stunning 2001 with 4 wins, 4 second places, 3 third places and a fourth & fifth place, an incredible 100% finishing record. He also took 6 pole positions, which is more than Kimi Raikkonen managed the year before!
For his achievements in 2001 Carl was given the recognition of becoming a “rising star” by the BRDC, was nominated for the McLaren Autosport Young Driver of the Year Award and was voted the Formula Renault Drivers Driver of the Year, by his fellow competitors.
Now Carl has moved on to Touring Cars, after his initial option in Formula Three looked as if it would be a waste of his obvious talent, so watch out all drivers there is a fresh Breeze in the air and its going to blow you away!!!
Article/Photography courtesy Rachel/Andrew Jackson. www.aj-photo.co.uk
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