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Porsche Carrera Cup GB report, croft: 13/14 june

June 14th 2009

Porsche Carrera Cup GB
Croft
June 13th - 14th, 2009
Race Report

Ollie JacksonFor the second time running, Motorbase Performance claimed four podium finishes during a weekend in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB as Michael Caine and Ollie Jackson bagged podiums in both races at Croft (June 13/14). To cap a great performance, Porsche Cars GB presented Motorbase with the 'team of the weekend' trophy.

Caine came very close to ending the pole-winning sequence of Tim Bridgman, lapping just 14-hundredths of a second slower than Bridgman in qualifying. Meanwhile, Jackson also had a really good run in qualifying to post eighth-best time for both races.

Ollie JacksonIn the opening race, Bridgman was just able to easy away at the head of the field as James Sutton, Caine and Tim Harvey spent much of the race running nose-to-tail, but the cars were so evenly matched that the places did not change. "I was struggling with the rear tyres as the race wore on, so had to concentrate on Tim behind me rather than James in front,” reported Caine after they finished in that order, still covered by less than a second and a half at the flag.

Meanwhile, in the battle for pro-am1 glory, Jackson was driving a mighty race, having avoided a first corner incident that delayed several cars. "It was pretty tight at the first corner," he said after a near miss. Then, he set about chasing pro-am1 leader and local ace Robert Lawson, getting close mid-race before slipping back a little over the closing laps. "I worked my tyres hard to catch up to Lawson, then over the last few laps I was struggling for grip," said Jackson, who still claimed second in pro-am1 and his best Carrera Cup result to date.

Ollie Jackson, Michael CaineAs the cars assembled for the second race, spots of rain started to fall and it soon became apparent that the track would be fully wet for the race. All the cars were sent to the pit lane to change tyres and the Motorbase crew worked very hard to adjust the set-up of the cars to suit the rapidly changing conditions.

In fact, by the time the race started, the conditions were very tough, with a lot of standing water and water running across the track at Tower. The conditions caught out championship leader Bridgman twice on the opening lap, but the Motorbase cars were superbly tuned to the conditions and both Caine and Jackson were able to push hard.

Caine was soon chasing early leader Sutton and was getting close enough to challenge for the lead when the car snapped into a spin coming out of the chicane on lap seven. "I couldn't see the track through all the spray and I just touched the white line on the edge of the track," said Caine. Instantly, the car snapped into a spin as Harvey nipped through to second. But Caine quickly got back into his stride and soon re-took second with a decisive move on Harvey into Clervaux corner. "Michael definitely had the fastest car," said Harvey later.

Caine was now chasing Sutton again and closed the gap dramatically over the final laps to finish within two seconds of the winner. "I knew the car was good; I just couldn't see through the spray when I was behind James," said Caine.

Meanwhile, coping with the worst conditions he has so far encountered in the Porsche, Jackson was also driving a fine race and worked ahead of former World Superbike ace Aaron Slight (in the VIP car) to take sixth overall and second in pro-am1 to Lawson. "The car was mega," said Ollie after a tremendous performance.

Now the Motorbase Performance Carrera Cup team has a mid-season break before the action resumes at Snetterton on 1/2 August.