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Caine tops Carrera Cup test at Brands

Porsche Carrera Cup GB News | Sat 29th March 2008

Michael Caine topped the times in testing at Brands Hatch today (Friday 28 March) ahead of opening rounds of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB. On a day dogged by rain and a very wet track, Caine’s best lap in the morning session proved the standard for the day.

“It’s where we wanted to be,” said Caine (Team Parker Racing). “I don’t mind the wet at all and the car is very good.” If he repeats the pace-setting form in Saturday’s qualifying session, it will be Caine’s first pole position in the Carrera Cup.

Second fastest was Sam Hancock (Jota Sport) after a strong run early in the afternoon session. Although the track continued to dry during the afternoon test, it was never dry enough to make running on slicks a viable option. Tim Harvey (Red Line Racing) was content to be third fastest and opted not to run too many laps in the afternoon, while Charles Bateman (Team Parker Racing) was an excellent fourth fastest. “We’ve made some good improvements and we should be in good shape for qualifying,” said Bateman.

Tim Bridgman made it three drivers from Team Parker Racing in the top five, even though he missed the morning session after some technical problems with the car. His pace, to be second fastest to Hancock in the afternoon session, points to the former single-seater champion being a major contender in qualifying.

Phil Quaife (Jota Sport) was well in touch in sixth upon his return to the Carrera Cup, while seventh fastest, and leading pro-am1 driver, was Andy Britnell (Porsche Motorsport). “The water was going to keep running across the circuit at Paddock, so it wasn’t going to be right for slicks,” said Britnell of the second session. He was also driving the 2008-model 911GT3 Cup for the first time and was suitably impressed. “It’s even better than the previous car and the way it delivers the power is fantastic,” said Britnell.

Nigel Rice (Red Line Racing) was second fastest in pro-am1, but was chased hard by championship newcomer Tony Gilham (ReDesign Racing), who was an excellent fourth fastest overall in the afternoon session. The chance to drive the car in different conditions was a great learning opportunity for Gilham who completed nearly 70 laps during the day. “That was a massive learning curve for all of the team,” said Gilham. “We tried slicks at the end, but didn’t get any laps in.”

Completing the grid were Steve Rance (Porsche Motorsport) from the pro-am2 category and Fergus Campbell (Red Line Racing), who ended the day with a minor off at Clearways.

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