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News 2010: Caine Takes Carrera Cup Double at Donington Park

September 20th - Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain

Michael Caine completed a perfect weekend by winning round 18 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Donington Park today (Sunday 19 September). However, with Tim Harvey once again finishing second, Caine was only able to peg Harvey's title lead back to 19 points with two races left to run.

Caine topped a fine weekend for Motorbase Performance as his team mates Ollie Jackson and George Richardson won pro-am1 and pro-am2 respectively. With Caine earning the 'driver of the weekend' award and Motorbase being announced as 'team of the weekend', it was a memorable weekend for the Kent-based squad.

Caine got the jump at the start to head the field into Redgate and was able to stretch clear as Harvey (Red Line Racing) ran fourth behind Euan Hankey and Stephen Jelley from Team Parker Racing. That was how it stayed until lap eight when Jelley went for the inside at the chicane and spun as Hankey took the line. Harvey narrowly missed Jelley as he dived through to third and two laps later Harvey took second with a bold move around the outside of Hankey as they raced down the Craner Curves.

Once into second, Harvey recognised that Caine was just out of reach and Caine duly reeled off the remaining laps to complete his domination of the Donington weekend. "We had a great car this weekend," said Caine. "I've just got to win races and I think I can still win the championship when we go to Brands Hatch." Harvey was pleased to have worked from fourth on the grid to finish second and retain his position as title favourite. "I enjoyed the race and the car was better. I was always going to keep my foot in when I went down the hill side-by-side with Euan."

Hankey ran home a strong third as fellow Carrera Cup Scholarship racer Michael Meadows (Red Line Racing) took fourth after a lengthy battle with Glynn Geddie (Team Parker Racing). Just behind, Charlie Bateman (Motorbase Performance) headed Tom Bradshaw (JHR) for sixth.

The top four in pro-am1 ran in close formation for many laps as Jackson headed Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing), Tony Gilham (Collins ReDesign Racing) and Ahmad Al Harthy (Red Line Racing). That was how it finished as Jackson moved very close to securing the pro-am1 title. "It was a tough race and Jonas was pushing all the way," said Jackson. Behind the leading quartet, Andrew Shelley (Red Line Racing) wrapped up his best weekend of the season with his second fifth place in pro-am1 of the day.

The pro-am2 battle delivered another win for Richardson, but he was under great pressure from George Brewster (Celtic Speed) over the second half of the race. Right with them was pro-am1 racer Liam Griffin (Addison Lee Motorbase) as Glenn McMenamin (Red Line Racing) tried to get ahead of Griffin to join the pro-am2 lead battle.