Triple win for Sharp at Thruxton

By Chris Roberts/
Sharp wins again

20 year old Camberley racer Tom Sharp went into last weekend’s Thruxton meeting of the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup championship with 5 out of a possible 6 wins (and a 2nd place in the sixth race). After the opening two rounds at Brands Hatch and Donington Park being run in dry conditions, the Hampshire circuit of Thruxton was extremely wet and windy all weekend.
The qualifying took place on the Saturday morning in very wet conditions and was for most drivers the first time a serious session had been held in wet conditions. Sharp in his Vcars sponsored Ginetta G55 put down an early quick time and was able to better the time later in the session to take pole position by nearly 1 second from his closest rival Tom Ingram.
The first of three races was held on Saturday afternoon in a small break in the weather and so was on an almost dry track and slick tyres. Sharp made another of his strong getaways off the line and led Tom Ingram and as the laps went by was able to create a gap around the fast and daunting circuit before taking the flag for his 6th win of the season..
Sharp leads from Ingram & Breeze
After a heavy storm over night the second race was held in heavy rain and high winds on Sunday morning and Sharp showed he was a master of the conditions after rebuffing early pressure from Ingram to gradually pull away to win by over 6 seconds at the checkered flag.
The final race of the weekend on Sunday afternoon was held on Sunday afternoon in a gap in the wet weather and Sharp started in 4th place after the reversed grid draw. After another strong start Sharp shadowed Ingram and Wakefield until he managed to get past Wakefield. He then applied pressure to Ingram and managed to find a way past with an audacious overtake around the outside at Noble. He then continued to circulate very quickly taking again the fastest lap (he had the fastest lap in all three races) to win by nearly 7 seconds at the flag.
At the end of the weekend Sharp commented “The conditions have been far from ideal, but we managed to make the best of it in qualifying to take pole in the rain, and that enabled us to control the first and second race. The final reverse race was a bit more challenging starting from fourth but the car got stronger as the race progressed and we were able to build a substantial lead by the end.”
“It really has been the perfect weekend, we’ve taken every available point and managed to stretch our points lead a bit further.”
After a 6 week break the season re-commences at the Cheshire circuit of Oulton Park on 9th& 10th June.

Chris Roberts/

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