Motorbase Official iTunes PodcastingFollow Motorbase Performance on TwitterFollow Motorbase Performance on FacebookMotorbase Performance on YouTubeInstagramSign up to our team newsletter
Motorbase Performance Motorbase Performance Sampson the Dane
Racing Calendar

News 2010: Motorbase Performance Unveils Six-Car Carrera Cup GB Squad

Feb 18th

Ollie Jackson and Michael CaineMotorbase Performance will be the team with six appeal this season after announcing plans to field a record-breaking six-car team in the 2010 Porsche Carrera Cup GB. The squad represents the biggest team ever planned in the eight-year history of the Carrera Cup GB.

Michael Caine and Charles Bateman are the two pro drivers at the head of the squad. In the pro-am1 category, Motorbase will run Ollie Jackson and Liam Griffin, while Steve Parish and George Richardson will represent the squad in the pro-am2 category.

Team boss David Bartrum is not fazed by the scale of the operation and says that he will run two parallel squads. He plans to run two trucks and two awnings, with three cars in each half of the operation. Never before has a team run six cars throughout a season of the Carrera Cup GB. "We're set for a busy year and this is a fantastic opportunity for Motorbase to really establish itself in the Carrera Cup," said Bartrum. "We've got two strong teams and the right people to engineer the cars. We've got a good mix of drivers across the team; they are all at different stages of their careers."

Caine, one of the established championship front-runners says that winning the overall title is his prime target for the season. He has finished fourth, second and fourth in the last three seasons and has won seven Carrera Cup races. "I want to win it and that's do-able," said Caine. I've won at nearly every circuit and I just need to string it all together."

As the most experienced driver in the Motorbase squad, Caine will also play a mentoring role with his team mates. "I'll be working with all five of the guys to get them all up there. We need to go forward as a collective."

Motorbase Performance TeamBartrum is delighted to have retained Caine as his team leader. "Michael works very hard for the team behind the scenes and we believe he has the potential to win the championship," said Bartrum. "I really want Motorbase to win the overall drivers' title."

Bateman, meanwhile, will be new to Motorbase but has good Carrera Cup experience having finished eighth overall in 2007 and 2008. Last year he sat out most of the season but contested two race weekends and took a fourth overall at Knockhill in August. "We had a good result at Knockhill and I want to build on that," said the Boston-based driver. "I've been training hard over the winter, both mentally and physically and I'm looking forward to working with the Motorbase team. Podiums and race wins are the aim."

Bartrum is keen to see Bateman climb to the top step of the podium. "We want to get Charles his first Carrera Cup win and we want to do that as soon as possible. I'm very pleased with the team we've put together; it's going to be a great season."

Jackson returns for a full season after a fine debut year in pro-am1. He was the only driver to finish every one of the 20 races in 2009 and was a pro-am1 podium finisher as he made tremendous progress through the season.

Parish and Griffin both joined the series in the second half of last season as a build up towards full programmes in 2010. Former VW Cup pacesetter Griffin was immediately running strongly in pro-am1 on his Carrera Cup debut at Silverstone, while racing newcomer Parish joined the Carrera Cup as soon as he had upgraded his race licence to National A status and won the pro-am2 category at Rockingham.

Finally, former Ginetta Junior racer Richardson is set for a full season after budget problems cut his 2009 season short at the start of the year. He will still only be 18 when the 2010 season finishes next October and will join Parish as a leading contender for the pro-am2 title.