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Airwaves Racing’s newest recruit takes an unconventional test

Wednesday, September 28 2011

Wrotham's Airwaves Racing gave recent signing Michael Caine the chance to sample a few laps of the Brands Hatch circuit today (Wednesday), ahead of this weekend's crucial Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship round. However his form of transport was a little unconventional, as the car was supplied by team sponsor Addison Lee, better known for providing taxi cabs!

Caine made his BTCC race debut at the previous round at Rockingham, scoring points in the event, and is looking forward to a successful weekend at Brands Hatch on 1/2 October. He joins regulars Liam Griffin and Mat Jackson, and the latter will be aiming to pick up vital wins for his championship campaign this weekend, after being dogged by recent misfortune. Success would represent Airwaves Racing's first championship success and a good performance at their home circuit would set them up perfectly for the final round a fortnight later.

As befits a taxi driver, Caine took a passenger around the famous corners and dips of the Brands Hatch circuit from in the Addison Lee Ford Galaxy, which can usually be found taking fare payers home from shops or restaurants. Stuart Ilsley of Rainham, Kent, won a competition to take part in the ride. "It was very exciting," he said. "Tom - my son - is 9 and he's looking forward to coming down here on Sunday for the race; it will be a really good day. I'm looking forward to enjoying the event and looking out for my taxi driver again!"

Caine, enjoying his role as cabbie, remarked: "any amount of track time is pretty decent track time but whilst the Galaxy is from the same manufacturer, the Focus is just a little bit better!

Looking ahead to this weekend, Caine added, "the excitement was at Rockingham and now we've got to do a job," he continued. "So Brands is going to be good for the Airwaves Focus. It's Airwaves Racing's back garden, so we've got a right to come and play, and hopefully we can have some good results. Mat can get some better luck and me and Liam can have some fun."

Caine's former Posrche Carrera Cup GB team mate Tim Harvey also came along to offer moral support. The ITV BTCC commentator and former champion provided his thoughts on the weekend's race. "I can't see the race wins going beyond the Hondas, Mat Jackson or Jason Plato," he said. "However given the success ballast and reverse grid, anything can happen. I can certainly see a lot of people taking advantage of the reverse grid. Given the ballast and form then it's got to be any of the championship top four for the wins."

Tickets for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch are available in advance from £25, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. Grandstand seating is also available. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.