For­mer Bri­tish GT cham­pion Caine to re­turn in GT4 class with Team Hard Ginetta

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For­mer Bri­tish GT cham­pion Michael Caine will re­turn to the se­ries this year to front an at­tack on the GT4 di­vi­sion for Team Hard.

Caine will share a Ginetta G55 GT4 with Mike New­bould un­der the Au­toaid/rcib In­sur­ance Rac­ing ban­ner this year. The Team Har­d­op­er­ated RCIB cars won last year’s Bri­tish GT4 teams’ ti­tle.

Caine has an ex­ten­sive his­tory in GT rac­ing. The for­mer Slick 50 Road Saloons (Class B) ti­tle win­ner claimed the TVR Tus­can Chal­lenge ti­tle be­fore mov­ing into Bri­tish GT for sev­eral cam­paigns be­tween 2001-’07. He won the GT3 ti­tle in 2012 along­side Daniele Per­fetti in a Mo­tor­base Porsche 997 GT3-R. Caine has also driven for Mo­tor­base in the Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Championship.

“Af­ter the 2016 plans went pear­shaped, I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to do­ing a full championship again,” said Caine. “Last year was the first in 26 years of rac­ing that I didn’t have a championship to com­pete in. We have a re­ally good chance [of the GT4 ti­tle], and GT4 looks like it’s the fu­ture.”

New­bould joins Bri­tish GT af­ter grad­u­at­ing from the Ginetta GT4 Su­per­cup.

Team Hard boss Tony Gil­ham said: “It’s great to have both Michael and Mike. Michael brings so much to the ta­ble both on and off track. He is a sea­soned pro and will add strength to the team. We’re ex­cited to see how both driv­ers form a part­ner­ship.”

Caine drove for the team in BTCC

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