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Porsche Carrera Cup GB report, silverstone: 29/30 August

September 2nd 2009

Porsche Carrera Cup GB
Silverstone
August 29th-30th, 2009
Race Report

Michael CaineAnother pro-am1 podium for Ollie Jackson and a successful debut for Liam Griffin were the highlights for Motorbase Performance in rounds 15 and 16 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Silverstone over the weekend (29/30 August).

However, for team leader Michael Caine it was a frustrating weekend, which included being knocked out of third place in the later race by Tim Bridgman. Though Bridgman was later excluded from the results of the race, the incident was another major blow to Caine's hopes of challenging for the title over the remaining four races.

Liam GriffinIn qualifying on Saturday morning, Caine was right in contention and posted second best time to Bridgman when he lapped within 15-hundredths of a second of the pole man. Jackson was just half a second slower to take a fine eighth overall and third in pro-am1, while championship newcomer Griffin made a strong debut for the team to slot into 19th place overall and eighth in pro-am1.

On his Carrera Cup debut, Griffin was on a steep learning curve but was making good progress with each session in what was a toe-in-the-water weekend ahead of a possible fuller campaign in 2010.

The first race ran on a dry track later on Saturday, but Caine wasn't able to make the best of his strong grid position. "The clutch was starting to drag and I just had to knock it out of gear," said Caine after dropping to fifth off the line. He then had to battle ahead of Glynn Geddie before closing in on third-placed Tim Harvey. Though Michael clearly had better pace than Harvey, he resisted the temptation to take a lunge at his rival, knowing that Harvey's title bid could be wrecked in such an incident.

Ollie JacksonThat was how they finished, with Caine fourth. "I got up alongside Tim many times, but there was never a clear chance to pass him," said Caine. Meanwhile, Jackson was battling with Tony Gilham for second in pro-am1, and got ahead of his rival mid-race before Gilham snatched the place back. That was how they finished as Jackson earned yet another podium visit. "Excellent race," said Ollie. "It was very even, but he just had a bit more drive out of Copse than I did."

Liam GriffinGriffin drove a measured race to take 14th place after a highly successful Porsche debut. In Sunday's race, Liam made the same tyre choice as Caine and Jackson and took 17th overall. "It's been a mega weekend and I've loved it," said Griffin. "Racing the Porsche is such a great experience and this is definitely on the wish list for next year."

The tyre choice that hindered Griffin also cost Caine and Jackson a chance of good results as Sunday's race looked set to run on a wet track. The team decided on treaded tyres, but the weather changed again and both drivers were soon heading for the pits to change to slicks. That cost them a lot of time, and when added to Caine's drama with Bridgman, meant a disappointing afternoon, with Jackson finishing 13th and Caine 14th. "We just wanted to go different to everyone else," said Caine of the decision. "It was a gamble and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't," added Jackson.

Rounds 17 and 18 of the Carrera Cup GB will be at Rockingham on 19/20 September.