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News 2010: Parish Shines in Carrera Cup Opener

April 6th

With almost a quarter of the grid running under the Motorbase banner, the team was bound to feature in the results for the first two rounds of the Porsche Carrera Cup over the Easter weekend (3/4 April) at Thruxton.

The squad was split into two teams of three, with Michael Caine, Charlie Bateman and George Richardson entered as Motorbase Performance, while Liam Griffin, Ollie Jackson and Steve Parish running as Addison Lee Motorbase.

The tally for the weekend was impressive, with just one non-finish for the team after Richardson took an inadvertent knock in the opening race. Caine, Jackson and Parish all bagged double podiums, Bateman was twice in the top six overall, Richardson was not far off the pro-am2 podium in race two and Griffin had two strong races as he built his experience.

For Parish, it was a great weekend on his first taste of the massively challenging Thruxton track, where average lap speeds are up around 110mph and bumps lie in wait for those without years of experience. Despite that challenge, Steve twice battled hard for pro-am2 glory and finished just three-quarters of a second behind double pro-am2 winner Mark Hazell. Given that Hazell has been racing at Thruxton for more than 20 years, the pace of Parish was commendable.

"The weekend was everything I could have hoped for, to be honest," said Parish after visiting the podium for the second time of the afternoon. "I've been there or thereabouts in pro-am2 and there has been some good racing, all fair stuff. It was my first time at Thruxton and the first race was my first time in the dry here. Mark Hazell was brilliant to race against."

Steve then revealed that he had been racing with a hand injury, hardly ideal for the physical challenge of controlling the 911GT3 Cup car around the sweeps of Thruxton. "I broke my thumb while skiing, but it didn't hold me back in the car at all. It was the perfect weekend; brilliantly organised and even the sun shone on Sunday afternoon!"