Top of the leader board - Stace Porsche Carrera Cup driver; Michael Caine

08 April 2008

The Stace sponsored driver, Michael Caine, remains top of the leader board with two podium finishes after Rounds three and four at Rockingham Speedway (12/13 April 2008); Europe’s fastest banked and most spectator friendly circuit.

Tim Bridgman (Michael’s Team Parker Racing team mate) claimed a double victory, taking first place in both races of the Porsche Carrera Cup, seeing off Tim Harvey (Red Line Racing), closely followed by Caine finishing in third position.

Under clear blue skies, round three of the PCC saw Caine catching Harvey over the closing stages “Tim was struggling a bit later in the race, but I had to understeer all the time” said Michael. This left three and half hours for Michael’s support team to tweak the set up of the car to correct the understeer problems before the next race.

Round four, in something of a re-run of the earlier race (although the prospect of rain meant the teams had to be prepared for the possibility of a mid-race tyre change), saw Bridgman and Harvey establish first and second place respectively. The focus then moved to the contest for third position as Hancock dived through to third at the first corner ahead of Michael; “As I went from fourth to fifth out of Turn One it jumped out of gear” said Caine resulting in a brief lose of momentum. It was not until lap 16, three from the finish that Michael managed to squeeze ahead, running side-by-side through Brooke. Caine continued to pull away from Hancock but there were too few laps remaining to chase down the second place driver. Michael believed it could have been a different story if he had managed to find a gap “I think our car had the pace to take second.”

Michael continues to head the leader board as per the current standings shown below:

Driver Points
Michael Caine 74
Tim Harvey 73
Phil Quaife 44

The next Porsche Carrera Cup race weekend is at Donington Park on Saturday 3/Sunday 4 May 2008.

Television coverage of the the PCC has stepped up a gear, in a boost to the original schedule with Motosport UK being broadcast on ITV1 as well as on ITV4 and the ‘Men and Motors’ satellite channel.