Newmarket based Michael Caine topped the time sheets on Wednesday (17 March) after the first day of official testing for the Porsche Carrera Cup GB 2010 season at Silverstone.
24 of the 28 registered competitors were present at the first full day test on the National circuit with less than half a second covering the top 10 drivers at the end of the day.
During the morning session Red Line Racing’s Tim Harvey topped the times ahead of JHR new boy Tom Bradshaw, championship regular Michael Caine and 2009 Pro-Am 1 reigning Champion Glynn Geddie who was fastest through both speed traps on the back straight and over the finish line.
Ex-touring car driver Stephen Jelley had a tough morning, only managing 13 laps after an electrical fault caused problems with his Team Parker Racing prepared car, despite the problems Jelley ended the morning session eleventh fastest.
A brief shower towards the closing stages of the morning session reduced running time, during the lunch break the rain clouds cleared.
Despite Michael Caine finishing the afternoon session on top, setting the fastest lap of the day along the way with a 57.044s the Motorbase driver admitted he wasn’t at the top of his game, “We know we can be faster,” he said. “But we just had one new set of tyres this afternoon and we’re trying to keep the running down on the car. Motorbase is certainly making its mark.”
2008 Champion Tim Harvey was happy with his day as he finished second fastest “There was some work we wanted to do today and I’m very happy with where we are, We’ve been concentrating on race pace and consistency.”
19-year-old Glynn Geddie impressed on his Pro category debut, setting the fastest sector time in the second sector on his way to thrid fastest, only 33-hundredths behind Caine.”A 56s lap was definitely on; if we hook it up it’ll be alright,” said Geddie.
Ollie Jackson finished an excellent fourth overall and topped the pro-am1 category. “To be two-tenths off Michael is pretty good” admitted Jackson. Tony Gilham finished a tenth of a second behind Jackson as he steps up his efforts to compete for the championship.
The Pro-am2 category saw reigning champion Glenn McMenamin set the pace. “This is the first day when you see where you are and that’s a very positive start to the season,” said McMenamin.
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