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News 2010: Caine Strikes First Blow in Porsche Carrera Cup GB

March 17th - Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain

Michael CaineMichael Caine struck the first blow in the battle for the 2010 Porsche Carrera Cup GB when he set the fastest time during the pre-season test and media day at Silverstone today (Wednesday 17 March).
With 24 of the 28 registered contenders enjoying a full day of testing on the National circuit, less than half a second covered the top 10 drivers by the end of the afternoon and it was Caine (Motorbase Performance) who set the ultimate pace by just nine-thousandths of a second from Tim Harvey (Red Line Racing).
The two most experienced drivers in the field set the pace all day, with Harvey posting his best time in the morning running and Caine going fractionally faster in the afternoon. However, the young pretenders were firmly in contention with 19-year old Glynn Geddie (Team Parker Racing) very close behind in third and pro-am1 leader Ollie Jackson (Motorbase Performance) in a fine fourth.
"We know we can be faster," said Caine. "But we just had one new set of tyres this afternoon and we're trying to keep the running down on the car. Motorbase is certainly making its mark." Harvey was equally pleased with his day's work. "There was some work we wanted to do today and I'm very happy with where we are," said the 2008 Carrera Cup champion. "We've been concentrating on race pace and consistency."
Geddie, who is stepping up to the pro category this season, was third overall, only 33-hundredths of a second behind Caine. "A 56s lap was definitely on; if we hook it up it'll be alright," said Geddie who tried a late run at the end of the day to try and grab the top slot but was marginally slower than earlier in the afternoon.
Jackson was an excellent fourth overall and topped the pro-am1 category. "To be two-tenths off Michael is pretty good," said Jackson of his team mate. A tenth of a second behind Jackson to be second in pro-am1 was Tony Gilham (ReDesign Racing) after a good day's work, although three pro drivers split them in the overall times.
Carrera Cup Scholar Michael Meadows (Red Line Racing) took fifth from former touring car racer Stephen Jelley (Team Parker Racing) and 2009 Scholar Tom Bradshaw (JHR). Behind Gilham came Carrera Cup Scholar Euan Hankey (Team Parker Racing) while Charles Bateman (Motorbase Performance) completed a very closely matched top 10.
In pro-am2, reigning champion Glenn McMenamin (Red Line Racing) set the pace. "This is the first day when you see where you are and that's a very positive start to the season," said McMenamin. Leading the chase in pro-am2 were George Brewster (Celtic Speed) and George Richardson (Motorbase Performance).