David Bartrum's Blog
15th October 2011
Saturday at Brands Hatch and Mr Tandy, what can I say? He's a class act and he carried on from where he left off on Friday and just proved to everyone how good a Porsche driver he is. He's a very good driver to deal with and he is very quick and very good to have around the team. He was very happy to work with the other drivers and then went out and qualified the car on another stratosphere. He did everything we needed him to do.
The other Carrera Cup boys benefited from having Nick in the team. So it was a really good weekend for the Motorbase Carrera Cup team and I'm very glad that we were able to improve as a team. We had a Porsche race on Saturday and Nick delivered another driving lesson for everyone. Steve Parish unfortunately had an accident, but George Richardson and Daniele Perfetti put in good performances and Kieran Vernon improved yet again for a good result. It was good to have a race on Saturday and get a good result and give everyone a really nice feeling for the next day. I really enjoyed that part of the weekend.
That was particularly pleasing for me, because it's been a difficult season for us in the Carrera Cup. Starting the season with the drivers who won 18 out of the 20 races last year, you'd think we were going to fly this year. Clearly it didn't go their way with the new car and when you've got two guys who have won so many races and the results aren't coming, it looks very much like it is the team. So Nick Tandy was there to prove that it wasn't the team. We did all our usual work with our usual engineers; nothing different. It showed that the Porsche side of Motorbase is still a team to be reckoned with. We want to win two more at Silverstone.
In the BTCC qualifying, Mat Jackson got his mojo back and put in a very good performance. So Saturday at Brands Hatch was a fairly successful day for Motorbase.
I was really, really looking forward to race day on the Sunday. We only had one Porsche race and it went okay, but Nick got a puncture. However, it was still job done as he was fast and he was gone clear by four seconds in the space of five laps. It was the kerb at the bottom of Paddock that did the damage to the tyre. The other Porsche boys had good races, so it was a satisfying weekend.
In touring cars, Mat went out and had a good first race with a superb second place, then a second place in the second race and then fifth in the final race. Liam Griffin had three consistently good races and finished all three and improved in the process. He showed good pace and good reliability, which is what his goals are. He needs to finish races and improve, and he did that.
Michael Caine was very consistent and got three twelfth places. He showed that he is getting there with the touring cars and it was a mountain to climb giving him just two race meetings. It's a very difficult thing to do with no testing, but he wanted a taster of it and he now wants to do it in 2012, so now he can go away and talk to people on the basis of having done it. As Michael himself said, you have to do touring cars for a weekend to really see just what is involved and how much goes into it. On the whole, Brands was a really good weekend for Motorbase and all eight cars came back in reasonable condition. It could have been the weekend with the most damage of the year and it could have been a very depressing three mile ride back to the workshop, but it was a very happy three-mile home trip!
We then went straight into the preparations for the final round at Silverstone. It was an interesting week in the build up to Silverstone and I thought why stop at Mr Tandy? Let's see what we can do on the touring car side of things because Mat needs all the support he can get for the Independents' title and a very, very, very outside chance of the overall title.
So the best thing I could do was get James Thompson in the team, another class act. I'm really excited that he has joined Motorbase for the weekend. He was very much up for it; he's a real racer. We tested him at Brands on Wednesday and he was very quick.
So for the final weekend of the season, Motorbase is going to fire on all four cylinders in both championships and we want to finish on a high so that when we are talking to people about next year they will want to be part of this team.