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Porsche Cup Donington Park 15/07/2007

Podium finish for Caine and Paragon at Donington

Michael Caine was one of the stars of the weekend during rounds 11 and 12 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Donington Park (14/15 July), when he won the 'RAC driver of the weekend' award for racing from the back of the grid to the podium.

Caine, from Newmarket, is racing for Sussex-based Paragon Porsche this season and currently lies fourth in the overall championship standings in his 400bhp Porsche 911GT3 Cup car, which is prepared by Team Parker Racing.  

On Saturday, Caine was disappointed to qualify only sixth fastest, even though his best lap was only seven-tenths of a second slower than the pole position time. He got a good start into the race, but in less than a lap it was all over when a gearbox problem struck and he was forced to cruise into the pits and retire.  

That meant he would have to start Sunday's race from the back of the grid. To compound the challenge, the race started on a track that was still drying out, so that while the racing line was dry, any overtaking moves would mean Caine having to move onto the damper parts of the track.  But he was soon making stunning progress and passed car after car to move into fifth place by the start of lap 17. 

With seven laps still to run, he quickly caught Sam Hancock and Tim Harvey, who were battling furiously for third place. Michael could see that the battle ahead was tough, and played a waiting game for a couple of laps. "They were both driving incredibly hard and it was always going to happen," he said after Harvey and Hancock collided and spun off.  That meant he was through to third place, but without any more laps to try and close in on race leaders James Sutton and Steven Kane. However, a place on the podium and the accolade of 'driver of the weekend' helped make up for the disappointment of retiring on Saturday. "It's been an emotional weekend," said Caine. "But that's where the car should be."  

He will now look ahead to the next two races at his home track of Snetterton (Norfolk) over the weekend of 28/29 July.

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