Caine takes double Carrera Cup pole

 at Oulton ParkMichael Caine set a sensational pace at Oulton Park t (Saturday 26 July) to take pole position for both rounds 13 and 14 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB. Meanwhile, in pro-am1 Nigel Rice and Tony Gilham shared the category poles and VIP racer Ed Pead topped the pro-am2 category for both grids.The leading times represented the fastest ever Carrera Cup laps at Oulton Park, despite the session running in very warm conditions. Initially, it seemed as though Sam Hancock (Jota Sport) had claimed pole when he lapped in 1m24.079s, and Hancock parked his car with 10 minutes of the session to run. He had just climbed onto the pit wall when Caine (Team Parker Racing) smashed through the 1m24s barrier to set the new standard at 1m23.686s. Caine made it a perfect run by taking pole for round 14 with his second best lap."I wound the brake bias a little to the rear and it transformed the car," said Caine. "I did give myself a little pat on the back after that," he said. A late push from Tim Bridgman (Team Parker Racing) put him ahead of Hancock and just under the 1m24s mark. "It could be better, but being on the front row here is really important."Hancock ended the session third fastest, although will be second on the grid ahead of Bridgman for round 14. "I think the track got faster as we put rubber on it. I really thought we had it," said Hancock. Tim Harvey (Red Line Racing) posted fourth best time for both races, from Alex Mortimer (Team RPM) and Charles Bateman (Team Parker Racing) for round 13 and Bateman and Phil Quaife (Jota Sport) for round 14. Unfortunately, Mortimer's times were later disallowed due to a ride height infringement.Close to Quaife for the opening race was Paul O'Neill (PCGB), who qualified just ahead of Rice (Red Line Racing) and Pead (PCGB). "I was on my second set of tyres, but had to back off for yellow flags at Druids," said Rice of the closing stages of the session and he will start round 14 behind his pro-am1 rival Tony Gilham (ReDesign Racing).Pead topped pro-am2 for both races, showing strongly on his first Carrera Cup weekend. "The pace is very quick straightaway; the guys are really dialled in," said Pead. "I was hoping to get into the 1m24s and I got close," he added.Very close to Pead in pro-am2 was series newcomer Karl Leonard (RSS Performance), followed by Glynn Geddie (Parr Motorsport/Apex). "I was losing time in the second sector; out of the hairpin and through Knickerbrook," said Geddie.