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Porsche Carrera Cup GB report, oulton park: 30/31 may

May 31st 2009

Porsche Carrera Cup GB
Oulton Park
May 30th - 31st, 2009
Race Report

Leyland Grid GirlsMotorbase Performance claimed four podium finishes during rounds seven and eight of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Oulton Park (30/31 May). But it was a mixed weekend for the team's overall title contender, Michael Caine, who failed to finish the first race after a clash with a backmarker.

Qualifying on Saturday morning was marked by sensational lap times, as cool early morning air coupled with bright sunshine proved perfect for the 420bhp Porsches. Caine was right in the battle for pole position and ended the session second fastest, having lapped a massive two seconds underneath the existing lap record. "The qualifying pace was unbelievable; it was quite a shock," said Caine, who took second on the grid for each race.

Despite limited experience of the challenging Cheshire track, Ollie Jackson was right in the thick of the battle for the pro-am1 category in his Motorbase car, and showed his speed by lapping more than half a second inside the existing lap record of Steven Kane. Completing the Motorbase squad in the team's pro-am2 car was racing returnee Michael Corridan, making a one-off outing with the team.

Ollie JacksonInto round seven on Saturday afternoon, Caine got a superb start to beat Tim Bridgman into the first corner. But down to the Island Hairpin, Bridgman muscled his way down the inside and forced Caine wide onto the grass. In an instant, Michael was bundled back to fourth behind James Sutton and Tim Harvey and left with an ill-handling car. Bridgman was later fined £250, penalised three championship points and given three points on his race licence as a result of the incident.

"The car wasn't right after that hit," said Caine, who was running in fourth when he came upon backmarker Robin Clark at Cascades a few laps later. The cars touched and both spun out, with Caine's frustrating race finished by a damaged wheel rim.

Ollie JacksonThings were better for Jackson in pro-am1, where he was part of a five-way battle for the lead. He was on target for second place until late in the race, when he was just squeezed back to third by Tony Gilham. "That was a great race; really tough," said Ollie after taking another podium finish. "Tony pulled a really good move on me."

In round eight, in front of a huge crowd on Sunday, Caine slotted into second off the grid but later slipped to third behind James Sutton as he struggled for grip. "I just lost the rear tyres; I didn't push that hard early on, but the grip wasn't there," said Caine after fending off Tim Harvey for third.

Meanwhile, Jackson clinched another place on the pro-am1 podium with a fighting drive to third, chasing Robert Lawson and Michael Leonard. "That was an excellent race; it's been a very good weekend," said Jackson.

Finally, Corridan gave Motorbase a place on all three podiums for round eight when he backed up his fourth place from Saturday with second place in pro-am2 in Sunday's race.

Now the Motorbase Performance Carrera Cup team will turn attention to rounds nine and ten at Croft on 13/14 June.