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News 2010: Caine Dominates in the Rain of Brands

May 4th - Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain

Michael CaineMichael Caine scored his first victory of the 2010 Porsche Carrera Cup GB with a masterful display in soaking wet conditions at Brands Hatch on Sunday (2 May). His lights-to-flag victory brought an end to Tim Harvey's winning streak and showed that the title race is shaping up to be a two-way contest over the next seven race weekends.

"We just need, as a package, Michael Caine, the car that I drive and Motorbase, to improve the performance in qualifying, to be honest," said Caine during Friday's pre-race testing. "Qualifying is the biggest thing and we've got to get it on the front row. There's not much more left in the car, the Motorbase team is doing a great job," Sure enough, Michael went out on Saturday and set the pole time for round five, although Harvey managed to grab pole for round six.

"All credit to Tim, he hasn't made a mistake across the first four races and he's done unbelievably well, but it's got to stop; that's pretty much down to me," said Michael. "The other drivers in the Motorbase team are doing well, so from that point of view, it's all going well for us. But we want to be winning races because that equates to winning the championship.

Michael Caine"It's great to be up there and it's great to be doing the Carrera Cup again; it's brilliant to see 28 cars out there. We're enjoying it and the sponsors are loving it. We'd just enjoy it a bit more if we were coming in with some race wins. But I wouldn't want to see the championship won or lost on non-finishes. I'd rather come second and know that I've driven the best I can, than think that I fluked it."

True to his word, Caine was unstoppable in round five on Sunday morning as heavy rain made track conditions very challenging. But he stormed away from pole position and went clear of Harvey at around a second a lap to show complete mastery of the conditions. It was an emphatic victory.

"As the chewing gum says, 'we kicked up a gear'," said Michael. "We're pleased to get that first result and it's a good result for everyone because there are a lot of people here supporting the car. The car was fantastic and it was just a case of hanging on to it for the first five or six laps."

However, in round six on Sunday afternoon, Harvey was able to convert his pole position into a commanding lead as Caine was held back in third behind the fast-starting Glynn Geddie. It took 10 laps for Caine to find a way ahead of Geddie and by then Harvey was established in a clear lead.

"Geddie's car was mega at the start and it was never going to be easy to get past him," said Caine. "In the early laps I struggled to get heat into the rear tyres," he added after finishing a secure second.

Importantly, he had broken Harvey's winning run and stopped Harvey extending his championship lead, which remained at 12 points. Now there is a break in the calendar before the season resumes at Oulton Park on 5/6 June.