Thruxton 2007

Kane claims Carrera Cup pole

Media release: 5 May 2007

Steven Kane clinched his first pole position in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB with a superb performance at Thruxton today (Saturday 5 May) ahead of the fifth race of the season.
Kane (Motorbase Performance) became the third pole-setter of the season as only a tenth of a second covered the top three drivers in qualifying. His best lap just edged him ahead of Tim Harvey (Red Line Racing), while James Sutton (Red Line Racing) was also right in contention around the high-speed Hampshire track.
"I'm getting to learn about the car and we've made some changes since we tested here last month," said Kane. "The top five or six drivers are very quick and it's a learning curve for me all over again," said the former single-seater racer. Harvey headed the times for much of the session and was out of the car in the pits when Kane went quicker towards the end of qualifying. "Steven's had another run on tyres and just pipped us. It's all about one lap on the new tyres."
"I've managed to only do a few laps on the tyres," said Sutton, conscious that the abrasive Thruxton circuit is always tough on racing tyres. "That's what we wanted to do," he said. Both Harvey and Sutton did fewer laps in qualifying than Kane, which could become a factor as the races develop.
Sam Hancock (Motorbase Performance) and Michael Caine (Team Parker Racing) were fourth and fifth, with Hancock continuing his good progress to lap within a third of a second of pole position.
Behind Caine was Nigel Rice (Red Line Racing), the leading pro-am driver by more than a second. "I braked that early into the chicane on my best lap, that it cost me two or three tenths, I reckon. I should have been in the 14s," he said, having still set his best ever lap at Thruxton.
Seventh fastest was Kelvin Burt (QM Engineering), despite this being his first race of the season and having missed the pre-race test sessions. As a late driver nomination for the team, Burt quickly worked down to a time within a second of pole position and is likely to get faster and faster through the weekend. Qualifying was his first drive at Thruxton for six years.
Matt Howson was next up in the Porsche Motorsport entry ahead of his first race in anything other than a single-seater. "This is the best quality of drivers I've ever raced against," he said. Rob Collard (Team Parker Racing) and Andy Britnell (Motorbase Performance) completed the top 10, while third in pro-am was Pete Osborne (Team O). "I felt I could have gone quicker," said Osborne, having lapped a second and a half faster than he did a year earlier.

Kane takes Carrera Cup victory

Media release: 5 May 2007

Steven Kane took scored his second win in a row in round five of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB with a superb performance at Thruxton today (Saturday 5 May). While Tim Harvey and James Sutton chased Kane throughout, Nigel Rice took pro-am spoils for the fourth time in five races.
Kane (Motorbase Performance) got the jump off the line to lead into the first corner from Harvey (Red Line Racing), while Michael Caine (Team Parker Racing) challenged Sutton (Red Line Racing) for third, but got boxed in at the Complex and again at the Chicane. By the end of the first lap, Caine's excellent start had been badly rewarded and he was down to eighth place.
Up front, Kane had to push very hard to build even a small margin over his pursuers, as Sam Hancock (Motorbase Performance) chased in fourth. Gradually, the top three edged clear, with Kane taking a lead of around a second as Harvey chased. But mid-race, the gap began to grow as Harvey, unwell before the weekend, started to feel even worse. "I did feel really bad about halfway through the race," admitted Tim, who dropped away from Kane and had to concentrate on keeping ahead of Sutton.
That made certain of a second win of the season for Kane after an exemplary drive. His main concern was adapting to the heat inside the cockpit. "It's hard to believe how warm you get inside the car," he said on the podium after clawing three more points back from Harvey's championship lead.
Sutton was right behind team mate Harvey over the line. "That was a tough race," said Sutton. "I made a couple of mistakes mid-race," he added after another podium visit. Hancock ran fourth, but was being caught over the closing stages by Kelvin Burt (QM Engineering) and Caine. "That's another step forward, and it's just about getting everything right," said Hancock.
Burt, meanwhile, had driven a strong race despite losing time in the traffic at the Complex on the first lap. "I lost two places then, but it's a good result for the team," he acknowledged. Caine was sixth, but disappointed to have lost out so much on the opening lap, while Rob Collard (Team Parker Racing) was seventh after working ahead of Rice.
In fact, though he took a commanding pro-am victory, Rice dropped to ninth place right at the chequered flag when Matt Howson (Porsche Motorsport) just pipped him in a sprint to the flag. The margin was five-hundredths of a second. Andy Britnell (Motorbase Performance) took second in pro-am, while Pete Osborne (Team O) claimed his first pro-am podium after coming out on top of a race-long battle with Charles Bateman (Team Parker Racing).

Kane completes Carrera Cup double at Thruxton

Media release: 6 May 2007

Steven Kane completed a perfect weekend in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB with a second victory of the weekend at Thruxton today (Sunday 6 May) in round six of the championship.
Kane swept ahead at the start to lead from Tim Harvey, as the race ran under a safety car for six laps after a major accident for Kelvin Burt (QM Engineering). Contact at Segrave on the first lap of the race with the car of James Sutton as they went side by side into the corner pitched Burt's car into a series of rolls. Although Burt was uninjured, he was later taken to hospital for observation.
When the race resumed, Kane (Motorbase Performance) was able to fend off an early challenge from Harvey (Red Line Racing) as they pulled clear of the pack. "I pushed really hard to start with as I knew it was my best chance," said Harvey. But Kane responded and with Harvey feeling decidedly unwell, that was how they stayed.
For Kane, it was a third straight win and the result moves him to within two points of Harvey in the title race. "I ruined my front tyres on qualifying and I was worried about that," said Kane. "Tim is really good round here, but every time he pushed, I pushed." The performance of Kane in particular earned Motorbase Performance the 'RAC team of the weekend' award.
The battle for third went all the way to the line and it was only on the final lap that Sutton (Red Line Racing) was able to squeeze ahead of Sam Hancock (Motorbase Performance), as Michael Caine (Team Parker Racing) chased them home. "Sam was driving very well, but I lined up a move on him in the Complex," said Sutton. "He got past me at the one corner I was struggling," added Hancock.
Behind Caine, Matt Howson (Porsche Motorsport) drove an excellent race to work up from eighth on the grid and was closing on the Sutton/Hancock/Caine battle at the finish. "Everyone in this championship is seriously good; the standard is immense," said Howson.
Nigel Rice (Red Line Racing) again topped the pro-am category, and came close to grabbing seventh overall from Rob Collard (Team Parker Racing). "I drove harder today going after Rob Collard," said Rice after his fifth pro-am win in six races. With Andy Britnell (Motorbase Performance) falling away after losing his car's front splitter, it was Charles Bateman (Team Parker Racing) and Pete Osborne (Team O) who completed the pro-am podium. Osborne also earned the 'RAC driver of the weekend' award for scoring his debut podium finishes.