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Porsche Carrera Cup GB report, snetterton: 1/2 August

August 4th 2009

Porsche Carrera Cup GB
Snetterton
August 1st-2nd, 2009
Race Report

Ollie JacksonOllie Jackson was the star for the Motorbase Performance team in rounds 11 and 12 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Snetterton (1/2 August) with outstanding and pace two pro-am1 podiums.

Unfortunately, the home race weekend for team leader Michael Caine did not live up to expectations and a single fourth place meant that his 2009 title bid took a significant knock at the Norfolk track.

Ollie JacksonIn qualifying on Saturday, Caine posted fourth best time for both races, lapping just a quarter of a second away from the pole time of Tim Harvey. But in such a competitive field, that left Michael behind James Sutton and Tim Bridgman on the grid.

For Jackson it was an excellent session and he was seventh fastest, only half a second behind his more experienced team mate. "It was a good session," reported Ollie. "I still feel I could have gone a bit quicker, and Tony Gilham just pipped me at the end of the session."

Round 11 ran early on Sunday and the qualifying form among the pro category racers was repeated as Harvey headed Sutton, Bridgman and Caine. With little to choose between the four cars, it was something of a high-speed stalemate and Caine ran home to fourth place, just over a second behind Bridgman at the flag.

Michael CaineThings were rather busier for Jackson, who had a first corner scare when there was contact with the car of Tom Bradshaw. "I had nowhere to go," reported Ollie. "I was a bit worried I had damaged a radiator, but it was all okay." In the incident, Lewis Hopkins got past Ollie, but the places were soon reversed as the Motorbase car charged back into seventh place.

Now Ollie set about chasing Gilham in a bid to get up to second place in pro-am1 and when Gilham made a mistake and spun, Ollie was able to take second to Glynn Geddie for another great result.

Ollie JacksonRace two followed a similar pattern with the top four going clear. Then, on lap 17 Sutton made a mistake and ran wide at Riches. As he rejoined the track, Caine tried to dive ahead into Sear, but Sutton turned into the corner and the cars touched with enough force to damage a radiator on Caine's car and his race was over.

Jackson, meanwhile, was turning in another great performance and soon overtook pro-am1 championship leader Robert Lawson. He then pushed very hard to close the gap to Gilham and Bradshaw and by mid-race it was a three-car train. Unfortunately, the chase had taken the best from Ollie's tyres and he was unable to mount a challenge over the closing laps.

Nevertheless, two pro-am1 podiums was a fine weekend's work for Jackson, who now lies third in the pro-am1 standings having narrowed Lawson's points' lead to 16 points with eight races left to run.