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Caine returns to Motorbase for Carrera Cup GB

March 11th 2009

Michael Caine returns to Motorbase for Carrera Cup GBThere is no question that Motorbase Performance is returning to the Porsche Carrera Cup GB for a very serious title assault in 2009. In fact, the team is going to chase all three drivers' titles, with a car in each of the pro, pro-am1 and pro-am2 categories.

After a year's sabbatical from the Carrera Cup last year, when the focus was rightly on establishing the BTCC squad, Motorbase unveiled plans to return to the Porsche series back before Christmas and was soon fielding enquiries from a host of drivers.

Securing the services of Michael Caine to lead the team was a real coup for Motorbase and Carrera Cup newcomers Ollie Jackson and George Richardson will both benefit hugely from having an established team leader alongside them in the squad.

Caine heads back to Motorbase Performance for the 2009 season, having previously raced with the team in 2006, his first season in the Carrera Cup. Last year, Caine won four races and finished just 12 points behind Tim Harvey in the title race. Now, he is headed back to the Motorbase fold with that race-winning form in his armoury and knows that he can mount a serious challenge for the title.

After two years with Team Parker Racing, in which he finished fourth and then second in the Carrera Cup GB, Caine is now excited to be heading back to Motorbase. "David Bartrum at Motorbase has worked incredibly hard to make this happen," said Caine.

As ever, Caine has had to find the backing to make another season of racing possible and in the current economic climate, many loyal supporters have dug deep to make it happen. 

"I've been very lucky to keep my sponsors and add some new ones to enable me to go racing again," said Caine. "I want to carry on from where I was in the middle of 2008. We know we're competitive; we've just got to try and go one better this year," said Caine. "But overall, I'm just very lucky to be going racing again."

As well as his own racing programme, Caine will work with Jackson and Richardson as they learn all about the Carrera Cup. His extensive experience will help the team's two young drivers quickly get to grips with the cars and the circuits and the three-car squad gives Motorbase the perfect line-up for its return to the championship.

Bartrum is delighted to have Caine to lead the team on its return to the Carrera Cup after a year's sabbatical. "I'm over the moon that Michael is going to be racing with us again," said Bartrum. "He's a great character and a race winner; he's the sort of guy that fits our team. He will be a very good role model for our two new young racers and he'll work very well with them."

So, with Caine in the pro category, Jackson in pro-am1 and Richardson in pro-am2, the team has a shot at winning all three drivers' titles. If any team can make history by taking a triple in the Carrera Cup, it is Motorbase, but that's a very big ambition!