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News 2012: Top ten on home soil for Motorbase Performance

June 24th

Brands Hatch

Motorbase Performance continued its strong form with a top ten result for Steve Parish and Stephen Jelley during its home round of the 2012 Avon Tyres British GT Championship at Brands Hatch on 23rd/24th June. The sister Porsche 911 GT3R of Michael Caine and Daniele Perfetti was denied a potential podium however, after being involved in an avoidable incident with another car.

The weekend began well with both Porsches showing good pace during the two free practice sessions on the Grand Prix circuit. This form was carried into qualifying, as Jelley secured pole position for the #11 car and Caine clinched third on the grid for the #10 Porsche.

Brands HatchLike the previous round at Rockingham, the British GT race format consisted of a single two-hour race rather than two hour-long outings. Also in the same manner as Rockingham, Parish and Perfetti were selected to start for the Kent squad.

When the race got underway, Parish held his own well against professional drivers in surrounding cars to lead for the opening lap. Although he was then overtaken by the Nissan of Alex Buncombe, the Crystal Palace Chairman stayed with his rival and held off Perfetti close behind. Unfortunately, Parish's attempts to regain the lead were thwarted on lap nine when a spin at Surtees relegated him down the field, however he quickly set about fighting his way back up through the order.

Brands HatchThis left Perfetti in a potential podium position and the Swiss driver was performing extremely well when he was hit from behind by David Jones' Mercedes at Druids, pushing him into the gravel and out of the race; a frustrating result for the #10 car, which has already recorded two podium finishes this season.

With only one car remaining, Parish had run as high as fourth when the pit stop window opened and he returned to the garage to hand over the car to Jelley. The 30-year-old was running in fifth when Motorbase Performance was issued with a one second stop/go penalty for taking too a pit stop that was shorter than the allotted time.

The extra trip to the pit lane cost Jelley the chance to climb back to a podium slot, although the Porsche expert launched a commendable recovery drive to take eighth position at the chequered flag.

British GT will now take a short break before round five at Snetterton on 4th/5th August.