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Gilham ready to Rock n Roll

Following a back injury sustained in the first race at Knockhill BTCC on 14th July, TEAM-HARD Racing has confirmed that driver, Michael Caine, will be unable to participate in the Rockingham round this weekend due to ongoing medical treatment.

Caine, a late addition to TEAM-HARD Racing’s 2016 driver lineup, and who suffered a lack of feeling in his lower back and legs after a small shunt in race one at Knockhill, is naturally saddened not to be taking part so early on into his BTCC comeback:

“It’s of course really disappointing and very frustrating for me to have to bow out of Rockingham after the turn of events at Knockhill; I’ve only just got going. Looking though to the remainder of the racing calendar, I’ve been medically advised to sit out of the Rockingham round to give me a much better chance of competing at Brands Hatch and Silverstone, two circuits which any driver loves to race around, no matter what car you’re in!”

Temporarily a driver down, TEAM-HARD has therefore looked to one of its own, ex-BTCC, Porsche Carrera GB and VW Cup driver, 2005 MR2 Champion, and Team Owner, Tony Gilham, to stand in for injured Caine in car ‘88’:

“It’s a big blow to have to lose Michael for Rockingham, he’s a huge asset to the team and we are naturally all so disappointed for him, especially given his late entry into the season. Following discussions with BTCC officials, it has been agreed that I can step in for Michael and race his car at Rockingham, in the hope we can allow Michael a speedier recovery with treatment and rest.”

Gilham, who last raced in the 2015 BTCC season at Silverstone and Brands Hatch, is hoping to put in a solid drive this weekend and support the team as best he can:

We’ll still be keeping Caine’s name on the car, and we doubt we can keep him down for long(!), but in the meantime, I’ll really be looking to try and capitalise on the great work put in by Michael so far and that of other TEAM-HARD drivers, Jake and Mike, so we can present a strong overall team performance.”

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