Michael Caine has returned to Motorbase Performance to replace Nicolas Hamilton for the remaining rounds of the British Touring Car Championship.
Caine – who made his debut in the BTCC with Motorbase – will fill the vacant seat left by Hamilton, who had to withdraw from the remainder of the season with financial issues, and will compete in the remaining rounds at Silverstone and Brands Hatch.
The eleventh hour deal came about after additional backing was secured from Motorbase’s long term partners, Pro Alloy Motorsport, and Caine’s personal backers, Stace, and Sustain Services.
Speaking about the signing, Motorbase Team Principal David Bartrum said: “It’s well known that Michael Caine is Motorbase through and through;”
“We have an obligation to run the third car for the rest of the season or risk losing our TBL.
“He’s a safe pair of hands and knows the team inside out so was the obvious choice to jump in at the final hour.”
Caine last competed in the BTCC in 2018, having competed in the first seven meetings with Team HARD and achieving a best result of 19th.
He has been without a regular race seat this season, but when the opportunity arose at Motorbase, he jumped at the opportunity to return to the BTC grid.
“When there was a seat come up with Motorbase to drive a touring car I was always going to be throwing my name in the hat.” added Caine.
“I didn’t get to finish the season last year, so it’s good to have this chance to come back and finish the job with Motorbase.
“I don’t have any expectations heading into this weekend. I’ll just take everything as it comes.”
As per championship regulations, Caine’s #44 Focus RS will carry 45kg of ballast into qualifying and round 25 at Silverstone this coming weekend.