BTCC returnee Luke Hines says he's not here to make up the numbers as the former Seat driver steps in for the suspended Glynn Geddie at Silverstone.

The 32-year old has stepped in for the suspended Geddie at United Autosports after the Scot lost his drive following a drink-drive allegation. His trail is pending until March next year.

Hines last competed in the BTCC back in 2005 for the SEAT works team where the former three-time winner finished ninth overall in the championship. Since then Hines has competed in the British GT Championship before being recalled to a touring car race seat.

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Not having any experience in a NGTC machine, Hines says he's truly been thrown in at the deep end after admitting getting used to his United Autosports Toyota Avensis will take some getting used to.

Hines had originally hoped to qualify around the top 20 but his progress was hampered after an abrupt halt to his session.

"I've definitely thrown myself in at the deep end having been used to GT's for the past few years, so it's a whole different beast," Hines told crash.net.

"The cars are quite a bit different yeah. They're 200 kilos heavier than the cars I used to race. The way the turbo works and everything else, you have to change the driving style quite a lot. I think that's why a couple of the top end drivers, who have come back this year, found the same thing in the first couple of races. They are totally different; it's actually a funny car to get used to.

"Done a few laps now, so I'm working hard with the data engineer. I can see what I need to do, I just need to put all those ingredients together. It will be interesting, I haven't done a practice start yet, I'll try that in the first race. Everything's on the deep end but I'm going to work hard at it and try to prove I've still got it."

Hines also pointed out that a change in his race craft philosophy will also be needed due to the contrasting natures of GT and touring car racing. The 32-year old believes his 'calmer' approach to racing should stand him in good stead as the United Autosports driver's looks to clinch three-strong race finishes.

"I'm looking forward to the racing. GT endurance is a whole different game, looking after the car in a three hour race - it's about pacing yourself," he continued.

"Touring car racing is just literally head on and let's have it. That's the bit I'm not used to. I think I used to be quite aggressive, obviously I've calmed down since racing in the GT's. I'm not here to make up the numbers. I'm here to race.

"I'll be happy to finish three-races and take a load of laps on board and try to get some good starts. I'm a bit nervous for the first start but I've got to get that nailed."