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Michael Caine to make BTCC return at home track this weekend

Tuesday, July 26 2016

Local racer Michael Caine will make his Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship comeback at Snetterton this weekend (30/31 July) after agreeing a deal with Team HARD.

Newmarket-based Caine will race the TLC/RCIB Insurance Racing Toyota Avensis in place of Chris Smiley, who will now contest the remainder of the supporting Renault UK Clio Cup season.

Caine is a former British GT Champion and last raced in the BTCC at Croft three seasons ago, scoring a top ten finish with Motorbase. He has also competed in BTCC support categories, including the Porsche Carrera Cup GB and last year's Ginetta GT5 Supercup.

"This opportunity came up, and it is interesting," said Caine, who will be racing a BTCC at his home circuit for the first time this weekend. "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 will continue to work with Smiley, placing him with JamSport in the Clio Cup - 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, as everyone will see in Clios, but unfortunately the promised funds and support never came and so the off-track distraction hampered his progress and also development with the car.

"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."

Tickets for the BTCC at Snetterton on 30/31 July are available from £27, with free admission for under-13s. For more information call our sales team on 0843 453 9000 or click here.