Motorbase set for Carrera Cup return
Motorbase set for Carrera Cup return

Motorbase Performance returns to the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship on home soil this weekend as the 2018 season gets underway on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit.

David Bartrum’s Wrotham-based squad is fielding a single-car effort for this year’s title campaign, with 21-year-old Carrera Cup debutant Dan Vaughan challenging for Pro-Am class honours against a strong field of eight top-class rivals.

“Coming back to the Carrera Cup at this point in time is good for us;” said Team Principal David Bartrum. “The new car means that we’re heading into the new season on a level playing field. Everyone is starting from the same platform and that gives us and Dan the best opportunity for his debut year.”

“We’ve done a fair few miles in pre-season testing and Dan has done a sterling job. He’s taken everything on-board and he brings a new energy to the team;” he added.

“As always, the Carrera Cup grid is big and varied this year and that produces some great racing. It’s a bonus to be starting the season at our home circuit, Brands Hatch, and I’m looking forward to the weekend and seeing what Dan can do.”

Hampshire-based Vaughan makes his step up to the Carrera Cup after a three-year sabbatical from competitive racing but the former Radical racer has quickly got to grips with the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car and shown promising pace during the squad’s pre-season testing programme.

“The car has taken a little while to get used to, but now it’s all clicking into place I’m really looking forward to the weekend and getting stuck into the racing;” said Vaughan. “It would have been a big step up from Radicals anyway, and then with a three year break you know it’s even more of an ask, but I feel that I’ve adapted to the Porsche really well.

“My expectations are reasonable but quite high this year;” added the AE Graphics-backed driver. “Our overall target is to try and win the Pro-Am title this season but we know it’s a tough category. We’ve showed good pace in pre-season running though, I have a great team behind me in Motorbase and we have a strong package so I think we’ll be competitive this weekend.”

The 2018 Porsche Carrera Cup GB season gets underway with rounds 1 and 2 held on the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit, Kent on April 7/8.

Images courtesy of Dan Bathie


 
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