Motorbase Performance head to Brands Hatch fighting for six championships Motorbase Performance return to Brands Hatch, their home racetrack in one week's time with the Wrotham based unit still capable of winning six championship titles in the...
Motorbase Performance head to Brands Hatch fighting for six championships
Motorbase Performance return to Brands Hatch, their home racetrack in one week's time with the Wrotham based unit still capable of winning six championship titles in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car and Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championships.
Going into the season's final weekend Motorbase Performance and Porsche Carrera Cup superstar Michael Caine lies in second place in the Drivers Championship, 19 points shy of his nemesis, ex-BTCC and Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion Tim Harvey of Red Line Racing. With just two races to go Caine will need to be on top form again; thankfully Donington Park's double-race winner and subsequent 'Driver of the Weekend' is in the best form of his career, and Brands Hatch's Indy circuit is well know and loved by the Newmarket racer.
In the same campaign, Motorbase Performance will also look to capture the Pro-am1 title with driver Ollie Jackson. He leads his category, currently a staggering 38 points in front of Jonas Gelzinis from Juta Racing and 47 ahead of Collins ReDesign Racing's Tony Gillham. Ollie Jackson simply needs to repeat the form he has shown throughout the season if he is to lift his first Pro-am1 championship title.
18-year old rear gunner and Pro-am2 driver George Richardson, in his first full season in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB starts the weekend 18 points adrift of category leader George Brewster with 107 to 125 points respectively. He will aim and deserves to win races, and if he can keep out of trouble, make the most of his opportunity and score big points he has every chance of claiming a first Pro-am2 class victory.
Having been awarded 'Team of the Weekend' for a dream performance at Donington Park that saw the boys collect five of six poles, five out of six race wins, set the fastest lap and cement a new lap record for Michael Caine, Motorbase Performance made history, becoming the first Porsche Carrera Cup GB team to win all three categories of a single race.
The fine form and professionalism shown throughout the season has culminated with Motorbase Performance leading the Teams Championship, four points ahead of Red Line Racing. If Michael Caine and Charles Bateman can impose themselves over the weekend and the team's lead is maintained this could be yet another coup for the Kent workshop.
Over to the BTCC and Airwaves BMW who have already confirmed a third car to be driven by experienced racer Ben Collins, formerly known as 'The Stig'. Following successful tests at Brands Hatch in November and today at Snetterton in a Motorbase Performance run BMW 320si, Collins will make his eagerly anticipated debut in front of a packed grandstand filled with home support.
He will join Steven Kane, who currently sits in second place in the Independent Drivers championship, 18 points behind leader, Ford's Tom Onslow-Cole following the Irishman's dramatic haul of 30 independent points in the previous rounds at Donny. With good fortune and great skill Kane can still clinch the title if he can make the podium, and Brands just may play into the hands of his BMW.
Mat Jackson sits in fourth in the Independent Drivers Championship, 17 points behind his Airwaves BMW teammate. The Warwickshire driver will need all the points he can get his hands on if he is to win the Independent Drivers and help Airwaves BMW attain their first ever Independent Teams championship. With a win at the circuit already chalked up this year and two podiums in 2008 Jackson needs a repeat performance, and both tiles are not something the Motorbase outfit will let go of lightly.
Michael Caine, Jackson and Richardson will fight for four titles in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB while Kane will do everything in his power to help Motorbase Performance clinch two Independent championships in the BTCC
Airwaves BMW driver Steven Kane said:
"We can win at Brands Hatch and that's what I'll be going there to do. Over the last few weeks I've been really pleased with my pace so at a track like Brands where we are not relying so heavily on engine power I think we'll have a real shot. Back in 2008 I was on the podium twice with two second place finishes and I was back again this year on the GP circuit so that's giving me a real boost. It's clear the BMW can do the business; I just need to concentrate on winning rather than points and let the rest fall into play. If Tom has a little bad luck and I get three good races the Independent title is well within my reach."
Airwaves BMW driver Mat Jackson said:
"I have a great history at Brands having won there this year on the GP circuit and grabbing two second place podiums in 2008 on the Indy. We've proven the BMW can win here so we'll just have to see what happens with the other teams and their turbos! I have no doubt the Focus and Chevys will be quick so we'll have to make up the pace through the corners and by conserving our tyres, but I've done it before and I don't see why I can't do it again. We've had a solid season and a win or two and the Independent title would cap it off nicely"
Airwaves BMW driver Ben Collins said:
"I can't wait, it's my first race in the BTCC and I want to thank all the sponsors for getting me here. The car felt very responsive at Snetterton during testing and I feel I've made the necessary changes to suit my driving style over a race distance. I put in a set of consistent, quick times so I shall go out on the weekend to do that again. I need to be competitive and aim to win, I'm not here to make up the numbers."
Airwaves BMW Team Principle David Bartrum said:
"I can't wait! The whole of the Motorbase team has been amazing, both drivers and crew and they fully deserve the titles to back up all the hard work which has been put in this year. I always like going to Brands Hatch, partly because it's our 'home' circuit but also because we've had some great results there. We're now running nine cars at the final race weekend of the TOCA season, which I think is probably a team record. I think I might be a little nervous come Sunday afternoon though! "
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