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News 2010: Caine Dominates at Silverstone

August 24th - Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain

Michael CaineBy any measure, it was a fabulous weekend for the Motorbase Performance squad in rounds 13 and 14 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Silverstone (21/22 August).

Michael Caine was peerless as he won both races in commanding style to pull back vital points on championship leader Tim Harvey and earn the 'driver of the weekend' award. Meanwhile, Ollie Jackson added 13 points to his pro-am1 title lead with a cracking performance that had him running among the pro drivers.

George Richardson bagged two pro-am2 podium finishes to close in on third place in the category and Liam Griffin continued his excellent progress to close in on a place in the overall top 10. The only downside for the team was a tough weekend for Charlie Bateman, who was twice involved in early incidents.

Motorbase PerformanceBut it was Caine who set the paddock alight with his scintillating pace and no-one in the 27-car field had any answer to Caine's pace, right from qualifying. In the opening race, he had to fend off Harvey over the opening two laps before pulling clear at an impressive pace to claim his third win of the season. "I didn't get a very good start and had to brave it out with Tim on the first lap," said Michael. "The pace was good when we got our head down and pulled away."

Four hours later, he did it again, this time battling ahead of Harvey in a tight contest. Once ahead, Caine was able to drive away from the rest of the pack to score another emphatic victory. "The car was great this weekend and I just wanted to prove a point. We just had the best car out there and it's a bit easier when your car is so good."

Porsche Carrera Cup GBAlthough there is still a mountain to climb, Caine pulled back six points from Harvey to reduce the gap to 34 points with six races to run. He really needs Harvey to have a non-finish to open the title race up, and with Knockhill coming next, anything could happen at the unpredictable Scottish track.

"I'm with Motorbase Performance to win races and it's good when it all comes together. But it is still hard to close the gap on Tim. We'll go to Knockhill knowing that we can win and if the boys at Motorbase give me the car as good as this weekend, I'll certainly have a go. Maybe the luck is turning a little bit. I love going to Knockhill; it's like going on holiday and I get a few days off work. Even my wife is coming to Scotland!"