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News 2012: Double Podium Joy for Motorbase at the Nürburgring

May 21st

Motorbase Performance

Motorbase Performance celebrated is first podium result in this year's Avon Tyres British GT Championship after securing second and third place results at Germany's Nürburgring on 18th – 20th May.

The squad's pair of Porsche 911 GT3Rs demonstrated strong pace from the outset, as the #10 car of Nick Tandy and Steve Parish topped both free practice sessions before securing the duo's maiden pole position this season for race two. Michael Caine and Daniele Perfetti enjoyed an equally pacey qualifying session in the #11 Porsche, clinching a brace of second row starts for the weekend's two outings.

Motorbase's early form was challenged in race one, however, as both cars were struck with bad luck in the early stages. Daniele Perfetti, taking the first stint for the #11 car, was spun around by Jodie Firth's Ginetta on the first run into turn one and relegated to the back of the field, while Parish retired following contact with Freddie Hetherington's Nissan on lap three.

British GT ChampionshipAn undeterred Perfetti launched a commanding fightback, posting a series of impressive laps to recover into the top ten by the pit stops, at which point Michael Caine took over the car. A quick stop promoted Caine to fifth when he rejoined the track, before he scythed through to third. A late penalty for the race leader then promoted the #11 Porsche to second: the team's first 2012 podium.

Caine and Perfetti continued their good work in the weekend's second outing, taking another podium after starting fourth on the grid. Caine briefly dropped to third as fellow Motorbase driver Tandy led the race in the #11 sister Porsche, but the Newmarket racer quickly charged back to third position.

Following the pit stop window, second stint drivers Perfetti and Parish lay fifth and eighth respectively and set about making up ground. A series of impressive laps powered Perfetti into a podium position and the speedy Swiss gent pressured the second place Porsche of David Ashburn all the way to the chequered flag, crossing the line a mere 00.114s behind his rival. Parish's #10 Porsche followed Perfetti home in fourth.

NurburgringNürburgring's results mean Caine and Perfetti have improved their overall championship position to third, just 20 points shy of the leading duo.

"Yet again the Nürburgring was a happy hunting ground for us," concluded Motorbase Performance Team Principal David Bartrum. "We won the Carrera Cup race last year, so to come back this year in what is a new series to us with a new car and get pole followed by two podiums is a great achievement. The drivers and the team were fantastic and I think we can now say that we have settled nicely into the British GT Championship.

"Now we must concentrate on banking the points at each round so we can go for the championship title. We have a long way to go but right now it feels great - BRING ON ROCKINGHAM!"

The next round of the 2012 British GT Championship takes place at Rockingham Motor Speedway on 9/10 June.