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Tony Gilham replaces injured Michael Caine at Team HARD

Tony Gilham will once again make a return behind the wheel in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship after confirming he will replace Michael Caine at Rockingham this weekend.

Having competed at the final two events in 2015, the Team Principal will fill in for Caine who has been suffering with a back injury which subsequently forced him out of competing in two of the three races at Knockhill.

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

“I raced the last two events of last season at Silverstone and Brands Hatch but since then I’ve done nothing. 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.”

Joining Jake Hill and Michael Epps in the familiar Team HARD colours, Gilham

He continued: “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.

“It’ll certainly be a weekend that’s a bit of a learning process for me. I’ll be working closely with our guys – Mike (Epps) and Jake (Hill) – to try and glean as much as I can before going out competitively in quali. They’ve been on it this season so they’ll be a real help.

“It would be nice to notch a point maybe, I’ll see what I can do. We’ll find out if there’s still a bit of life in the old dog yet!”

Article originally written on Tuesday, 23 August 2016. Read more articles from the BTCC Crazy Archive.