Motorbase Performance are to move into the Avon Tyres British GT Championship this year, fielding a single Porsche 911 GT3R for drivers Michael Caine and Daniele Perfetti.
Both men have sportscar and Porsche experience having been part of Motorbase's team in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB – a series David Bartrum's team announced their exit from last month. However, the team's experience with the manufacturer's cars presents some “familiar ground” in the new series according to Bartrum.
“We understand the car and it is a product we know and love,” he said. “Porsche is a tried and trusted brand,” said Bartrum. “It is familiar ground, but the car is stepping up a league. It is a new challenge, but we're going back to something we're used to doing.”
For Caine, who made his debut in the British Touring Car Championship last season with Motorbase’s Airwaves Racing squad, the move marks a return to the British GT fold having departed the series in 2005 in favour of the Carrera Cup.
“Daniele has already done some GT racing in Europe and Michael has a strong heritage in GT racing. He competed at Le Mans for TVR and raced Porsches with Mike Jordan. Daniele has now learnt the British tracks during his Carrera Cup campaign last year.”
Motorbase's announcement increases the number of Porsche on the 2012 grid to four, their singleton car joining three from series regulars Trackspeed. The series grid also includes the lastest Ferrari, Mercedes, Audi, McLaren and BMW racers in the premier GT3 class.
The season begins on Easter Weekend at Oulton Park.