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News 2007: Motorbase Performance Carrera Cup Report, Thruxton: 13/14 October

Carrera CupSteven Kane was the class of the field for the Motorbase Performance team during the final two rounds of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Thruxton over the weekend (13/14 October). Unfortunately, it wasn't quite enough to grab the championship title, and Kane ended the season third in the overall standings, just six points down on 2007 champion James Sutton.

The weekend started in fine style for Motorbase as Sam Hancock claimed pole position with a stunning early lap. "I made a real point of getting the lap in as soon as I could," said Hancock. "The car was fantastic again," he said after holding pole for most of the session.

Steven Kane / Sam HancockHancock pushed from the very start of the session and set the pole time on his second flying lap. Shortly afterwards, coolant dropped by another car left the track very slippery and meant that competitive times were impossible for much of the rest of the session. Only on the very last lap did lap times approach the mark set by Hancock.

Sam Hancock"I just didn't get a lap in," said Kane who was fourth fastest. "I was the last car out at the start of the session," he added, a fact that also hindered him getting a strong lap in before the track became slippery. Completing the Motorbase squad was Andy Britnell, third fastest in the pro-am category and still in with a chance of beating Nigel Rice to the pro-am title.

Kane took victory in round 19, although it was Tim Harvey who took the chequered flag, only to be penalised 10 seconds and drop to fourth after a first lap incident. The drama came on the opening lap as Hancock led from Harvey and Sutton. Into the left-hander at Cobb, the leading two cars touched and Hancock spun to the tail of the field. "I got a massive whack as I turned into Cobb," said Hancock. "I thought I'd held it, but it just went round again."

Steven KaneThough Kane chased Harvey all the way to the flag, the order remained unchanged until Harvey's penalty was applied. Britnell, meanwhile, completed the pro-am podium, just ahead of Hancock. Having staged a mighty recovery drive to get well into the top 10, Hancock dropped back to eleventh after losing the car's front splitter at the chicane.

Heading into the 20th and final race of the season, three drivers were in contention for the title, with Sutton and Harvey narrowly leading the points from Kane. Starting from pole, Kane had the best chance to win the race and duly led all the way to win in style, but third place was enough to clinch the title for Sutton.

Steven KaneWith five laps to go, second-placed Harvey was little more than a second behind Kane, but by now both drivers had asked a great deal of their tyres. On the final lap, Kane slowed and they were nose-to-tail into the chicane. On the dash to the line, Harvey pulled up almost alongside, but Kane held his nerve and got the verdict by 11-hundredths of a second. "I was really struggling for grip, but I just kept it going," said Kane.

Until the final lap Hancock held fourth place after a tremendous drive through the field. Unfortunately, a rear puncture on the final lap cost him the place, but his reward was being named the RAC 'driver of the weekend'. Unfortunately, Britnell went out on the opening lap with gearbox problems.