The AmDTuning.com team today confirmed that it had re-signed driver Ollie Jackson to compete in the 2017 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
Ollie rejoined the Cobra Sport sponsored West Thurrock based team this year - having earlier raced for the team back in 2012. Ollie enjoyed a solid campaign at the wheel of the Audi S3 Saloon this season and finished this season in great form picking up points finishes and running on the back of the top 10 in the final rounds of the championship along with picking up the prestigious Audi Driver International 'Motorsport Personality of the Year' awards.
The new deal with Ollie marks the first time in its history that AmDTuning.com has entered into a second successive season with a driver, providing vital continuity ahead of a busy off-season that will see the Audi S3 undergo extensive work back at base. Having been one of a handful of cars to run older-specification control parts this year, the Audi will be fully updated to run new RML spec parts, with delivery of those parts expected in the coming weeks.
The team will then embark on a pre-season testing programme to ensure it is ready to hit the ground running when the new season begins at Brands Hatch in early April.
"I really enjoyed this season with the team so I'm delighted that we've been able to get the deal done early to allow us to start working on 2017," Ollie said. "I'm really excited about what next year could hold for us, and I have no doubt that this deal gives me the best chance I've ever had in the BTCC."
Team boss Shaun Hollamby was also pleased to be able to confirm the new agreement with Ollie for 2017, with the team hopeful of one of its strongest seasons since joining the series back in 2010.
“The continuity of sticking with Ollie is something we felt was key after a strong second half of the year, and it's great to have the deal done," he said. "Given the way this season ended at Brands Hatch, we are keen to make sure we hit the ground running when the 2017 campaign comes around and try to build on what we achieved together this year."
"Making the move to the RML kit is something we knew we had to do for next season and those upgrades will soon be carried out before we start testing and the real work begins. Of course it wouldn't be possible without the support of our sponsors, and we're thankful that that ongoing support has allowed us to commit the resources required to upgrade the Audi and give us the best chance of success on track."