Team HARD have completed their driver line-up for the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship by signing Michael Caine.

Expanding to a four-car outfit after acquiring an additional TOCA BTCC Licence, Caine is the final driver to be announced by the team having already inked deals with Mike Bushell, Jake Hill and Bobby Thompson to race their quartet of Volskwagen CC’s.

Last competing in the series in 2016, for Tony Gilham’s Independent outfit, the former British GT champion is viewed as the final piece in the puzzle, bringing a wealth of experience with him.

“When I took the call from the guys at Pioneer Race Events mid-December and spoke to Tony (Gilham), I thought Christmas really had come early for the Caine household,” said Caine.

“It wasn’t just about the drive, it had to be a seat that would be competitive. I feel that the team has built on consecutive positive campaigns and is now in the right place to be a challenger, with a competitive package in the Volkswagen CC, and the right resources to be a presence in the 2018 championship.

“I cannot wait to get to work with the team and help to transition from potential to delivering. Roll on Round 1 at Brands Hatch.”

“I’ve known Michael (Caine) since racing in Porsche Carrera Cup GB and we used his talents briefly in 2015,” started Gilham. “We have been working with him and his partners to bring a season-long challenge together.

“I feel confident in saying that with Michael’s quality and the backing of the Insightful Technology and Pioneer Race Events, we have the ability to challenge right at the top in 2018.

“I know for a fact that in Michael, we have a driver who has been looking for a real shot at the BTCC for many years.

“His motivation and ability will fuel the team’s progression and make us one to watch this season.”

Caine will carry the #44 on the side of his front-wheel-drive machine during 2018.

PHOTO CREDIT: Jakob Ebrey Photography