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News 2010: Brands Hatch Finale for Porsche Carrera Cup GB

October 1st - Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain

The season-long battle for glory in the 2010 Porsche Carrera Cup GB will come to a conclusion in the final races of the season at Brands Hatch (9/10 October) in what promises to be a weekend of high drama on the Indy circuit at the Kent venue.

The pro category is down to Tim Harvey (Red Line Racing) and Michael Caine (Motorbase Performance). Having led the title race all season, Harvey goes to Brands with a 19-point lead. The odds are firmly with Harvey, who needs to score 25 points over the two races to be certain of the title, and that's assuming Caine takes a clean sweep of poles, fastest laps and wins. If Michael scores less than a perfect 44, Tim's job gets easier.

Over the first half of the season, Harvey was peerless and won nine of the first 10 races up to the mid-season break. Only Caine's victory at Brands in the rain on the Grand Prix circuit upset Harvey's run and many considered the title settled with half the season still to run.

But Caine and the Wrotham-based Motorbase Performance squad knuckled down and came out fighting for the second half. Harvey's 40-point cushion has dwindled significantly, but Caine still has a mountain to climb if he is to snatch the title at the last moment. However, with a pack of hard-charging racers on the tight Indy circuit, Harvey knows he cannot relax for a moment and has more than just Caine to worry about.

"From a racing point of view I can afford to be cautious, but we will try and maximise the speed of the car in qualifying," says Harvey. "I won't take any undue risks in the races. I expect Michael to be very quick and we've got to be equal to him, or as close as possible." Caine, meanwhile, knows that he has to go for two poles, two wins and two fastest laps in the final round of this intriguing contest between two fine racers.

Aiming to get right into the lead contest are Stephen Jelley, Euan Hankey and Glynn Geddie from Team Parker Racing, Michael Meadows (Red Line Racing) and Charlie Bateman (Motorbase Performance). All of them are potential race winners as they strive to end the season on a high.

In pro-am1, Ollie Jackson (Addison Lee Motorbase) is in the driving seat and is looking good to seal the title in the first race of the Brands weekend. If Jackson finishes in the top 10 overall in the first race, or Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) finishes fifth overall or lower, then Jackson is champion. Tony Gilham (Collins ReDesign Racing) is now just out of the running for the pro-am1 crown.

In pro-am2, things are much, much closer and three drivers are still in the title contest. The main battle is between George Brewster (Celtic Speed) and Glenn McMenamin (Red Line Racing), with Brewster on 125 and McMenamin on 123 going into the weekend. However, both have to drop another score and their current next weekend score to drop is 15 points for Brewster and 14 for McMenamin, which effectively means that Brewster leads by a single point. It's just about a case of winner takes all, and the additional points for poles and fastest laps could be vital. Meanwhile, if they both falter, Mark Hazell (JHR) has an outside chance of the crown and young George Richardson (Motorbase Performance) will be eager to repeat his double pro-am2 victory of Donington Park.

Finally, In the team championship, Motorbase Performance leads Red Line Racing by just four points, so it is all to play for as Caine and Bateman score for Motorbase and Harvey and Meadows score for Red Line.

With a fabulous 25-car grid, the stage is set for a superb weekend to wrap up the best season yet in the history of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB. The headline contest is between Harvey and Caine, but there will be battles all the way down the field.

After qualifying at 13.50 on Saturday, round 19 will start at 17.40 on Saturday, while round 20 will be at 14.45 on Sunday and will be broadcast live on ITV4 during the extensive BTCC programme.