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News 2006: Motorbase Takes Three Carrera Cup Podiums at Donington

Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain
30th July

Motorbase Performance bagged another three podium finishes as well as the 'driver of the weekend' award during rounds 11 and 12 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Donington Park over the weekend (29/30 July).

In front of a packed BTCC crowd, the Motorbase cars of Tim Harvey, Michael Caine and Phil Quaife all showed tremendous speed and after the weekend's pair of races Harvey continues to battle for the championship title while Quaife stays clear at the top of the pro-am title race.

Harvey claimed a second and a third place as he went head to head with Damien Faulkner in both races. In the end, they each took a second and a third place to stay just seven points apart at the head of the table.

"We've worked hard on the car since the last round again to find some more performance," said Harvey. He took third place on the grid for the first race, but only a fraction of a second covered the leading three drivers as Motorbase's Michael Caine rivalled Danny Watts for pole. "Qualifying was really close and it could have been any of the three of us on pole position," he added.

In Saturday's first race, Harvey chased Danny Watts and Faulkner and the three leading cars ran nose-to-tail in the first half of the race. "In the first race, the car felt good early on, but by lap seven or eight it was working its rear tyres hard and by the end of the race I was just pleased to get the car home," he admitted after finishing third.

In the second race, Harvey dived ahead of Faulkner heading into the Old Hairpin after a safety car period. "He went very defensive down the Craner Curves," said Harvey after going ahead in a bold move. Harvey then held second to the flag, but Faulkner was seldom more than half a second behind.

The weekend started in stunning style for Quaife as he posted third fastest time overall in the pre-race test sessions on Thursday. "I'm really chuffed to be third during testing. I'm going to leave the car just as it is for the races! The car was absolutely fantastic," he said. That from continued in qualifying on Saturday when he set the pace in the pro-am category. "I was very happy to be on pro-am pole, but Andy Purdie did a very impressive time. The first race is going to be tight between us."

However, in the opening race, Quaife was able to break clear of the rest of the pro-am pack and win the category as well as finish a strong fifth overall. "Very happy!" said an elated Quaife as he took the top pro-am podium step. "The car was fantastic and I was able to put in some very good laps."

Unfortunately, his second race was over by the first corner when he was hit from behind by the car of Sam Edwards as the pack charged towards the first corner. Phil's car suffered a damaged rear wheel and he was out on the spot.

Although Caine's weekend was to prove rather frustrating, he made a massive step forward in qualifying to take pole position mid-session and it took another big effort from Watts to edge Caine back to second on the grid. "That's where I expected to be at start of the season," he admitted. "It's a great result for the Motorbase team."

However, on the opening lap of the first race he was clipped by another car at the Old Hairpin and dropped to the back of the pack after a trip over the grass and through the gravel. He still fought back, and after another spin when a slower car blocked him, Michael got back up to ninth. That meant another charge up the order on Sunday and he ended the weekend in sixth place, earning the 'driver of the weekend' award in the process.

The Carrera Cup season continues for rounds 13 and 14 at Snetterton on 12/13 August.

Provisional 2006 driver championship points positions:

Pos Driver Total Points
1 Damien Faulkner 201
2 Tim Harvey 194
3 Danny Watts 143
4 Richard Williams 134
5 Phil Quaife 111
6 Jason Templeman 94
7 Sam Edwards 77
8 Michael Caine 69
9 Nigel Rice 67
10 David Ashburn 66
11 Richard Westbrook 64
12 Jason Young 63
13 Mark Cole 51
14 Mike Richards 46
15 Andy Purdie 45
16 Mark Hazell 44
17 Pete Osbourne 35
18 Maxi Jazz 25
19 Alex Mortimer 22
20 Phil Hindley 10
21 Paul Warren 2
22 Paul Hogarth 1
23 Piers Masarati 0
= Tim Sugden 0
Pro-am category
1 Phil Quaife 111
2 Sam Edwards 77
3 Nigel Rice 67
4 David Ashburn 66
5 Jason Young 63
6 Mike Richards 46
7 Andy Purdie 45
8 Mark Hazell 44
9 Pete Osbourne 35
10 Maxi Jazz 25
11 Alex Mortimer 22
12 Paul Warren 2
13 Paul Hogarth 1


Provisional 2006 team championship points positions:

Pos Driver Total Points Scoring Drivers
1 Team Parker Racing 295 Faulkner and Templeman
2 Red Line Racing 274 Westbrook/Watts and Rice
3 Motorbase Performance 263 Harvey and Caine
4 IN2RACING 180 Williams and Richards
5 Trackspeed 66 Ashburn and Masarati
6 Tech 9 Motorsport 57 Hindley and Cole
7 Paragon with RH Motorsport 45 Purdie
8 Team O 35 Osbourne
9 Team RPM 26 Cole and Mortimer


Only two cars per team can score points towards the team championship.
The scoring cars had to be nominated prior to the opening race of the season.