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News 2012: Mixed emotions for Motorbase Performance at Rockingham

June 11th


After a podium performance last time out at the Nürburgring, Motorbase Performance continued to demonstrate its strong pace in round three of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship at Rockingham Motor Speedway on 9th/10th June, although unfortunately this was not fully reflected in the team's results.

The Kent squad started its campaign in emphatic fashion, with the Porsche 911 GT3R of Daniele Perfetti and Michael Caine setting the pace in free practice two before the sister car of Steve Parish and new signing Stephen Jelley clinched pole position with a quickest lap time of 1m23.380s.

RockinghamA change in championship format for the Rockingham round meant a single two-hour race rather than two hour-long encounters. Parish was given pole-sitting honours in the #10 Porsche, while Perfetti drove the first stint for the #11 car in what turned out to be a race of two halves.

It was Perfetti's Porsche that took the lead in the early stages of the race, as the Swiss pilot snatched first position from Parish at the infield entrance on lap three. A spin for Parish unfortunately dropped him further down the field to eighth place, as Perfetti set about building a lead over the rest of the field. 

RockinghamIn his debut British GT season, Perfetti showed excellent pace and racecraft to hold off the advancing Nissan of Alex Buncombe. As Buncombe squeezed down the inside at Deene, Daniele fought back but unfortunately was unable to retake the lead before the race was plunged into safety car conditions.  

After a flurry of pit stops during the safety car period, Perfetti and Parish handed over to Caine and Jelley respectively – the #10 Porsche rejoining in seventh and the #11 car down the order in 15th following some technical issues.  Both racers fought as hard as they could but unfortunately another podium wasn't on the cards, with Jelley taking eighth at the chequered flag and Caine being forced to settle for 13th.

Despite a slight disappointment in the race result, Motorbase Performance is buoyed by the fact that the next round on 22nd/23rd June will be in front of its home crowd at Brands Hatch. The format will also return to two hour-long races.