Following a strong showing at Oulton Park last month, Motorbase Performance is preparing its pair of Porsche 911 GT3Rs for an assault on Germany’s Nürburgring in round two of the 2012 Avon Tyres British GT Championship on 18th-20th May.
Almost twelve months ago, the team tasted Nürburgring victory in the Porsche Carrera World Cup with Tim Harvey; something it is keen to emulate during its 2012 visit.
If the opening round in Cheshire is anything to go by, the Kent-based squad can look forward to a solid performance in Germany. The #11 pairing of Michael Caine and Daniele Perfetti currently lie fourth in the championship standings following impressive fourth and sixth place performances, while after securing a deal to compete just days before the start of the season, Steve Parish and Nick Tandy overcame a qualifying crash that relegated them to the back of the field to steer the #10 Porsche to sixth and 11th.
Although Tandy’s British GT appearance was initially a one-off deal, the Porsche expert will be reunited with Parish again for thechampionship’s first Nürburgring event. The Ahrweiler circuit holds fond memories for the 27-year-old, who clinched victory during the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland’s visit there in 2011 en route to securing the overall title.
The British GT Championship will be contesting two hour-long races as part of the support package for one of the world’s most prestigious endurance races – the 24 Hours Nürburgring – marking the series’ first outing on the 3.2-mile Grand Prix circuit.
Motorbase Performance Team Principal David Bartrum commented: “We brought home some very credible results in terrible conditions at Oulton Park and we hope to continue this form at the Nürburgring. Michael and Daniele did an excellent job in the opening round and it’s great that Nick will be back in the car with Steve for another outing.
“Nürburgring is a new track for British GT and it’s a place where we’ve had success as a team in the past, so it’ll be interesting to see how the Porsches compare to the other marques in the field. It will be an exciting weekend for the 200,000 spectators that are expected to attend and hopefully we will continue on our journey to being a British GT team to be reckoned with!”