Plenty of drama for Caine as he returns to Touring Car Champs
It was an eventful return to British Touring Car Championship action for Michael Caine last weekend.
News broke last month that the Newmarket-based driver had agreed a deal to race for Team HARD until the end of the season.
However, any hopes that it would be a routine reappearance for the 46-year-old were extinguished early on at the Snetterton Circuit.
In the opening race he was knocked on lap one, before a warning light appeared on the dashboard, leading to the car being brought home in 18th position.
More warning lights appeared during race two, before debris pierced the radiator and forced retirement.
That had further repercussions in the third race, which the team withdrew from as a precaution.
Nevertheless, Caine was happy to be back in the heat of the battle, having not competed in the BTCC since 2013.
“There is no such thing as a quiet weekend in the British Touring Car Championships,” he said.
“The honeymoon was over as soon as I got in the car on Saturday.
“There were plenty of trials and tribulations to contend with, but it was great to be back and quite an emotional experience actually.”
Completing a full season in the BTTC is something that has so far eluded the experienced racer.
But, with a chance to make an impression in the final four rounds of the season - starting at Knockhill on August 13 - Caine is hoping that he can secure a seat for 2017.
“You have to be involved to attract the sponsors you need,” he added.
“It is easier to invite people along to show them what you can do. It is the best platform possible.”