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Porsche Carrera Cup GB report, Knockhill: 15/16 august

August 18th 2009

Porsche Carrera Cup GB
Knockhill
August 15th - 16th, 2009
Race Report

Ollie JacksonA race win for Michael Caine, a top five overall and pro-am1 podium for Ollie Jackson and the 'team of the weekend' award was the Porsche Carrera Cup GB haul from Motorbase Performance at Knockhill over the weekend (15/16 August).

Michael CaineAs is so often the case, weather played a big part in the annual Scottish race weekend and Friday's testing was close to being a washout. It was still wet for qualifying on Saturday, though there was the prospect of better weather for Sunday's two races.

Caine posted third and sixth places for the two grids, while Jackson was a fine seventh for both races and right in the thick of the pro-am1 battle. "We got the car right mid-session and I got one good lap in; then I was on for another one when the yellow flags came out," said Caine. "I definitely think we could have been on the front row."

Michael CaineThe opening race on Sunday morning was all about tyre choice on a wet but drying track and Caine's choice of slicks paid massive dividends as the race progressed. As the race start approached the rain cleared and the track began to dry. But the field was split on tyre choice and title contenders Tim Bridgman and Tim Harvey both opted for wets as they continued their battle for the overall title. However, Caine gambled on slicks, and Jackson followed suit.

Initially, with Caine making a cautious start as he waited for his slicks to come up to temperature, the leading trio of Bridgman, Harvey and James Sutton went a long way clear. But as early as lap four it was clear that slicks had been the right choice and Caine quickly started to recover ground. By lap 14, Caine swept through into the lead and soon pulled well clear, leaving Bridgman and Harvey to face a rapid fall down the order as the track continued to dry over the second half of the race.

Michael CaineSuch was his advantage over Bridgman and Harvey that Caine was able to lap them in the later stages as they dropped to sixth and seventh at the flag. "I had to get heat into the tyres at the start," said Caine. "For a couple of laps I wasn't sure and it was a complete lottery. But there was no point being on the same tyres; you've got to be different. This time it worked for us!"

Ollie JacksonMeanwhile, Jackson was also driving a fine race even though this was his first real experience of racing the Porsche on wet track with slicks. "I was pretty cautious at the start," he said as he built temperature into the tyres. But once into his stride, Ollie stormed up the order and passed Bridgman and Harvey on his way to fifth overall and third in pro-am1. "At one point it was just like a Caterham race," said Ollie later. He'd been right in the thick of some fierce battling, but had kept a cool head and stayed clear of trouble to make sure of a good result.

In the second race, Caine made strong early progress to fight through to fourth place, but was then just unable to challenge Bridgman, Harvey and Sutton ahead of him. "The car was perfect," reported Michael, but a slight loss of power cost him any chance of fighting for a place on the podium.

Jackson, meanwhile, was in the thick of the battle for the pro-am1 podium, but a little knock in the early laps upset the balance of the car and he finally finished fourth in pro-am1, right behind category leader Robert Lawson.