Michael Caine makes BTCC comeback
Experienced driver Michael Caine will contest the remainder of the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship after agreeing a deal with Team HARD.
Caine takes over from Chris Smiley behind the wheel of the TLC/RCIB Insurance Racing Toyota Avensis.
46-year-old Caine is a former British GT Champion and has previously contested three BTCC events in the 2011 and 2013 seasons, with a best result of eighth at Croft.
Located near Newmarket in Suffolk, his Team HARD bow will take place at nearby Snetterton this weekend (30/31 July).
“This opportunity came up, and it is interesting,” said Caine. “The team has punched above its weight this season with Michael Epps and Jake Hill, and I hope I will be able to add some experience to the operation. Lots of people behind the scenes have helped to make this possible, and I will give it my best shot.”
Team HARD aim to continue working with Smiley, potentially with JamSport in the Clio Cup as the outfit are working partners with the BTCC team.
“We want to be clear that we are still very much involved with Smiley,” said Team HARD boss Tony Gilham.
“Chris is an amazing driver, but unfortunately the promised funds and support never came and so the off-track distraction hampered his progress and also development with the car.
“Due to him being let down he has been up against it from day one and therefore unable to showcase what he can really do.
“We’re absolutely delighted to welcome Michael Caine for the rest of the year, who can help push the car forwards.
“Michael has vast experience and has shown with Motorbase that he can secure results in both GT racing and the BTCC. We’re all looking forward to working together.”
Located near Newmarket in Suffolk, Caine’s Team HARD bow will take place at nearby Snetterton this weekend (30/31 July).
“Michael is the perfect fit for us,” concluded Gilham. “Having someone of his capabilities onboard will only help push us further.”