Michael Caine got his Snetterton weekend off to the perfect start as he shot to the top of the time sheets today in testing for the Porsche Carrera Cup GB ahead of rounds eleven and twelve.
The close run session saw just 1.4 seconds cover the top 14 cars with Caine leading the way. Championship leader Tim Harvey finished second just fourteen hundredths of a second behind.
With most of the top times set on new tyres Caine was delighted to grab his time on used tyres. “They’d done 10 laps before and then we later changed them side to side before I did my best time,” said Caine before adding “It’s the right start for the weekend,”
David Bartrum, team boss of Motorbase explained where the part used tyres had come from. “We found them in the back of the container where we store all the used tyres,” said Bartrum. “We knew they were in there somewhere!”
Championship leader Harvey was left ruing what could of been after the team experimented with alternative set-ups. “We tried two different set-ups on the car and I think we went the wrong way in the afternoon,” said Harvey. “That’s a good time from Michael,” he added.
Stephen Jelley continued to settle in to his Team Parker Racing driver finishing the sessions in a strong third place, followed by team mates Euan Hankey and a frustrated Glynn Geddie.
“That’s the first time I’ve tried new tyres here and I was well surprised by the level of grip they gave,” said Jelley. “We’re definitely looking positive for tomorrow.”
Jonas Gelzinis continued with his impressive ability to learn new circuits quickly as he set a time good enough for overall sixth place. “That was more or less okay,” said the Lithuanian. “I expect to be at least four-tenths faster with new tyres,” he added.
Michael Meadows finished the session in seventh place after running second in the first test. Charles Bateman followed in eighth place as Ollie Jackson and Tony Gilham rounded out the top 10.
Paul Mace lead the way in pro-am2 on tyres that had previously been run in one of the races at Croft. “I’m really pleased with that; they were consistently quick laps,” said Mace.