Rockingham: Gilham steps in for Caine at Team HARD

Team HARD boss Tony Gilham will make a return to the driving seat in place Michael Caine during this weekend's Rockingham BTCC round.
Team HARD boss Tony Gilham will make his return to driving duties after stepping in for Michael Caine during this weekend's British Touring Car Championship round at Rockingham.

Caine, himself, had only just made his return to the BTCC two rounds ago at Snetterton but a recurrence of a former back injury has forced the 47-year old to withdraw from Rockingham this weekend.

"Michael's had a flare up of an old back injury. It had previously been operated on and corrected, but he felt pain in race one back at Knockhill," said Gilham.

"It's a shame for Michael and ourselves but it's a long-term project with him and his sponsors as we look to 2017 and beyond. I'll be stepping into the breech for this weekend – you could definitely say I've been thrown in at the deep end!

"These guys have been racing and testing all season and I haven't been out in a racing car for the best part of 12 months."

Gilham's last appearance in the BTCC came during the final two rounds of the 2015 season, behind the wheel of his Toyota Avensis, where the 37-year old notched up a solitary point at Silverstone.

"I raced the last two events of last season at Silverstone and Brands Hatch but since then I've done nothing," Gilham continued.

"It'll definitely be tricky but I'm looking forward to it – I always look forward to getting back into a racing car, especially a British Touring Car, and going racing again.

"Driving a touring car in my colours is just going to be fantastic and I hope I can do myself, the car and the team some sort of justice."

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