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News 2010: Caine Shines in the Land of the Turnip

August 9th - Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain

Michael CaineMichael Caine took his second win of the season in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB for Motorbase Performance during rounds 11 and 12 at Snetterton (7/8 August), but Caine still left his home track believing he should have won both races.

Caine was racing at his home track of Snetterton and is revered for his speed around the Norfolk track. Despite the seven-week mid-season break in the schedule, Michael was straight onto the pace in testing on Friday.

As ever, the testing times were all about who ran new tyres and Caine was pleased to set his best time on tyres that were not new at the start of the day. "They'd done 10 laps before and then we later changed them side to side before I did my best time," said Caine. "It's the right start for the weekend," he said. Team boss David Bartrum explained the source of Caine's part used tyres. "We found them in the back of the container where we store all the used tyres," said Bartrum. "We knew they were in there somewhere!"

That pace was carried forward into qualifying when the session started with dark rain clouds looming. With a mid-session red flag and then another red with five minutes to go, it was a disjointed session but Michael was frustrated to have his best lap ruined by another driver getting in his way.

"It felt like we'd got the pace and we wanted two poles," said Caine. "That would have proved the point as we've done everything right so far this weekend." Unfortunately, having taken pole for the opening race, he lost another good lap and ended up with second place for race two behind Tim Harvey. "The car was mega and I think I was three-tenths up at the Esses," said a disappointed Caine.

Early on Sunday morning, Caine was the class of the field as he got off the line well and led every lap of the opening race of the day. It was a commanding performance and championship leader Tim Harvey acknowledged that he could do nothing about Caine's pace as he finished second. "I got a cracking start; I did a good one when it really mattered," said Caine. "The car from Motorbase was superb and I owed it to everyone to start the second half of the season with a win." However, the race had started nervously because when Michael lined up on pole, there was a damp patch of track ahead of him after overnight rain. "I thought even when I'm on pole I don't get a break," he said later.

Starting second on the grid for round 12 later in the day meant Caine slotted in behind Harvey on the run to the first corner. "I got a touch from Glynn Geddie at the second corner and that helped Tim get away," said Caine, who chased Harvey for 24 laps and was never more than two seconds behind his rival. "We were bang on the same pace," said Caine.

However, into the final laps of the race Harvey came up to lap some slower cars and into the final corner he ran wide negotiating another car. As he clipped the kerb, Caine sensed a chance and almost drew level on the sprint to the line. As it was, less than a car's length split them as Harvey held on by five-hundredths of a second in a grandstand finish.

Now, the focus switches to the Silverstone National circuit over the weekend of 21/22 August, where the battle between Caine and Harvey will be rejoined.