Caine tops Carrera Cup test

Michael Caine set the pace in testing at Croft yesterday ahead of rounds 9 and 10 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB. Caine’s best lap in the afternoon test session left him a tenth of a second ahead of his team mate Tim Bridgman, while Nigel Rice topped the pro-am1 category and impressive newcomer Glynn Geddie headed the pro-am2 times. Caine (Team Parker Racing) cut a best lap of 1m22.373s on new tyres in the second test session. “I did a 23.1s on old rubber and felt that the car was right, so that’s what I’d hoped for,” said the current championship leader. However, Bridgman felt that he was on target to improve on his best of 1m22.505s when he slid into the gravel at Clervaux. “I braked super late and didn’t hit the shifter hard enough. I got neutral for a fraction of a second and that was enough,” said Bridgman of his trip into the gravel. “I think the pole time tomorrow will be in the 1m21s bracket,” he added. The red flag caused by Bridgman’s incident harmed Phil Quaife (Jota Sport) as he was about to make his new tyre run. “I only had three minutes to do a time and I made a mistake at Sunny on my best lap,” he said, despite jumping to third fastest, only three-tenths down on Caine. Tim Harvey was fourth fastest for Red Line Racing, having found an optimum set-up later in the session and after doing around 10 laps on his new tyres. “We’re definitely in the ball-park,” said Harvey, who split the Jota Sport cars of Quaife and Sam Hancock. Sixth fastest was Stefan Hodgetts in the PCGB entry, with a strong performance on his first proper experience of driving a 911GT3 Cup car. “I’m getting faster every time I go out and the red flag meant I only got one run on the new tyres.” Rice (Red Line Racing) set the pro-am1 pace at his home track in seventh fastest overall, just ahead of Charles Bateman (Team Parker Racing). Ninth fastest and making a highly impressive debut in the Carrera Cup GB was 17-year old Glynn Geddie in the PCGB entry in pro-am2. Ahead of only his third race in a Porsche, Geddie worked well to bring his time down through the day. “Working on the data with the engineers helped a lot; it’s brilliant,” said the Scottish teenager. Tony Gilham (ReDesign Racing) took tenth and second in pro-am1, while Bob Lyons (Apex Tubulars) and Tommy Dreelan (Qserv) were second and third fastest in pro-am2 ahead of their Carrera Cup debuts.