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Porsche Carrera Cup GB report, donington park: 16/17 May

May 17th 2009

Porsche Carrera Cup GB
Donington Park
May 16th - 17th, 2009
Race Report

Michael Caine Wins at DoningtonA stunning race victory for Michael Caine and an impressive debut Porsche race in the rain for Ollie Jackson were the highlights for the Motorbase Performance team in rounds five and six of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Donington Park (16/17 May).

After qualifying second for both races, Caine scored a tremendous victory after a grandstand finish to round five. Caine led every inch of the race and beat Tim Harvey and James Sutton in a dramatic scramble to the line, with 14-hundredths of a second covering the three cars.

Through the race, Caine led lap after lap with Sutton his ever-present shadow and Harvey just a few lengths back. "I got a little gap on James, but as soon as I pushed I started losing grip," said Caine. Under braking for Redgate, Sutton would close right up, but Caine could rebuild his slender lead every lap with his better speed on the exit of the Old Hairpin.

Motorbase Performance TeamThe contest ultimately came down to the final corner of the last lap and Sutton tried to dive for the inside as they braked for the chicane. But there wasn't enough room and as he got partly alongside Caine the cars touched, which sent Caine over the grass and slowed them both. Out of the corner on the dash to the finish line, Caine had to defend hard from Sutton, but Harvey had got a run on both of them and the cars were virtually three abreast as they crossed the line, with Harvey grabbing second from Sutton in a blanket finish.

James Sutton, Michael Caine, Tim HarveyMeanwhile, in the hugely competitive pro-am1 category, Jackson drove a very strong race to fourth place, spending many laps chasing Derek Pierce in the battle for the final place on the category podium.

After a dry first race on Sunday morning, the weather had changed by the time of the second race on Sunday afternoon and more rain arrived just before the start. There was a major rush in the pit lane as all the cars switched to wet tyres. However, the Motorbase team sent Caine and Jackson out on worn wets, thinking it would be the right choice on a track that was still not too wet.

Michael Caine on PodiumUnfortunately, more rain soon came and both drivers knew they were in for a tough 23-laps, as the track became increasingly wet. "I've never driven with so little grip," admitted Caine, after battling home in sixth place in a really tough race. But, importantly, he salvage a reasonable haul of championship points to finish the weekend second to Harvey in the standings, just eight points behind the reigning champion.

For Jackson, the track conditions were a huge challenge. "I've never driven the Porsche in those conditions before," he said, so just getting the car to the flag was an achievement. He took seventh in pro-am1, once again finishing just behind Pierce in a race that was a massive learning exercise.

Now the Motorbase Performance Carrera Cup team will switch focus to rounds seven and eight at Oulton Park on 30/31 May.