Sydney driver Mark Caine has been a regular on the Shockwave Signs Production Touring Car Championship over the years, but in 2017, he’ll be a permanent fixture, racing for Showtell Racing, in conjunction with TLA Racing.
Caine’s off-season project was to prepare a HSV R8 Clubsport, and that car will make its racing debut at Wakefield Park this weekend.
The car is one of several new cars that will be on the grid for the opening round of the 2017 CAMS NSW Championship.
Over the last two seasons, Caine has enjoyed a great degree of success in a range of different cars and classes.
Last Easter, he teamed up with Chris Reeves to secure 10th outright, and first in Class D, in the inaugural Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour at Mount Panorama.
Caine loved driving the Toyota 86, and later in the season, teamed up with Jimmy Vernon in Vernon’s 86, to win Class D, and secure 5th outright in the Australian Production Cars series 4-Hour Race at Sydney Motorsport Park.
In the final Production Touring affair of 2016, Mark changed teams again – this time teaming up with Matthew Holt, the series champion, in an all-new Holden, for the West End Performance Winton Double Crown at Winton Motor Raceway.
Being the first outing for the new Clubsport R8, Holt’s team faced some little issues along the way, as the team went about learning, and setting up the new car, and drivers acclimatised themselves with it, but that didn’t stop Caine from securing the car’s first ever victory, in the Qualifying race on Saturday afternoon, when he held off Jacques Oosthuizen’s Mitsubishi Evo.
Caine also drove a TLA Racing Holden in the MoComm Cup round last July at Wakefield Park, but mechanical issues saw an early retirement.
This weekend, Caine will race in Class A2 – one of the most competitive classes in the Shockwave Signs Production Touring Car Championship, which this weekend boasts a field of 34 entries.
It promises to be an exciting weekend for Mark Caine, as he continues to work on and develop his new car, but this time, under racing conditions. He’s set to get his first indication of where driver and car stack up against those around him, and it will be interesting to see the progress and development continue right throughout season 2017.
In a fortnight, the winning partnership of Vernon and Caine will reunite for a tilt at Class Victory in the 2017 Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour.
It’s a very busy month for Caine. In a fortnight, he rejoin Shockwave Signs Motorsport for a tilt at Class D honours in the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6 Hour.
For Caine, he’ll be looking at retaining the Class win he secured with Chris Reeves in 2016, while for Vernon, it’s a 6 Hour debut, but the pair will start as a favourite within their class, after their dominant display in the national round at Sydney Motorsport Park in November.
It was that success that prompted Caine to pair with the talented youngster, as they look to build on that going forward.
Vernon, the 2016 MoComm Cup winner in the Production Touring Car Championship is also on the grid at Wakefield Park this weekend, giving the car its final run in race trim, before an Easter date with the Mountain.
The field will qualify on Saturday morning, with Race 1 over 15 Laps on Saturday afternoon, ahead of a 12-lap and a 15-lap race on Sunday, to close out the final sprint round of the season.
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