Caine steps aside for Parish in Carrera Cup at Knockhill

Michael Caine has sacrificed his own weekend of racing to allow his Motorbase Performance team mate Steve Parish to maintain his Pro-Am2 title bid in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Knockhill this weekend (3/4 September).An accident in testing on Friday for Parish, on his first to the Scottish track, looked set to end his weekend early as his car was too badly damaged to race. Then Caine stepped forward to offer his team mate the use of his 911 GT3 Cup car for qualifying and the two races. “It is a measure of the kind of guy he is,” said Parish, who was initially reluctant to accept the offer. “He’s helped me so much in the three years I’ve been racing and as soon as I got back to the pits after the accident he offered me the use of his car.”While Parish is chasing George Brewster for the Pro-Am2 title, Caine no longer has any hopes of the overall title and was ready to hand his car over to the driver he has mentored over the last three years. “It’s more about the team than me,” said Caine. “I would always offer my car to one of the Motorbase drivers in the same situation,” he added. “We go racing as a team,” said Caine.Team boss David Bartrum was grateful to Caine for making such a magnanimous sacrifice. “Michael has a very special relationship with Motorbase and he works with all of our drivers; this gives Steve a chance in Pro-Am2.”Parish’s car was damaged when he ran wide at Clark Curve and hit the car of Keith Webster, which had gone into the gravel a few moments earlier. “I do feel bad for Keith,” said Parish. “He’s out for the weekend through no fault of his own.”