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Porsche Carrera Cup GB report, Brands Hatch: 4/5 April

April 5th 2009

Porsche Carrera Cup GB
Brands Hatch
April 4th - 5th, 2009
Race Report

Four podium finishes from six starts was a great start to the Porsche Carrera Cup GB season for Motorbase Performance as Michael Caine, Ollie Jackson and George Richardson contested the opening pair of races at Brands Hatch (4/5 April).

After a season away from the Carrera Cup while concentrating on the BTCC squad, Motorbase has returned to the Porsche championship for 2009 with a strong driver line-up, blending the experience of Caine with the youth and enthusiasm of newcomers Jackson and Richardson.

With a driver in each of the three championship categories, there is plenty of scope for Motorbase success and that was how it started on home ground at Brands. Team leader Caine was one of the three pacesetters of the weekend and claimed third overall in both races as he chased Tim Bridgman and Tim Harvey. "It's a good way to start the season. You've got to keep getting podiums in this championship because it is a long season. But we didn't quite have the pace of Tim Bridgman this weekend," said Caine, who immediately took a strong third place in the overall points' table.

For Jackson, this was a massive learning weekend as his prior experience of the Carrera Cup was limited to a single weekend in one of the championship's VIP cars late in 2008.

Racing in the pro-am1 category, Jackson is going to be in the thick of some fierce battling as a gaggle of quick drivers are chasing pro-am1 glory. After qualifying 11th for the opening race, with a best lap that was just six-tenths of a second away from overall pole, Jackson battled hard in the opening race to finish fifth in pro-am1, right on the tail of category rivals Glynn Geddie and Derek Pierce.

But it was even better for Ollie in race two when he tigered through to a place on the pro-am1 podium after finishing third behind Geddie and Michael Leonard. He showed real grit in defending his place from Geddie for many laps as the young Scot battled back up the order. "I got a decent start, but then I worked the front tyres a bit too hard," said Ollie. "But that was a big battle with Geddie!"

For 17 year-old Richardson in the Motorbase pro-am2 entry, it was an even bigger challenge as he made his Carrera Cup debut after stepping up from the Ginetta Junior Championship. But he drove with maturity beyond his years and was unfortunate to be denied pro-am2 victory in the opening race over a minor technical issue. The team has now appealed that decision and will have to wait several weeks to find out if George is re-instated in the results.

But to his great credit, George re-focussed on his racing and drove another strong race in round two and finished second in pro-am2, only headed by the far more experienced Karl Leonard. "It was a really big step up for me," said George. "The aim this weekend was to have two finishes and we've done that!"