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AMD Tuning looking into expanding to two cars for 2017

AMD Tuning have revealed they are looking into the possibility of expanding to a two-car operation for next year after rounding out their 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season with a solitary points finish.

Enduring what was a rollercoaster campaign with bad luck blighting driver Ollie Jackson, promising performances in the final three meetings of the year saw the West Thurrock-based team end on a high. That promise was most recently underlined as Jackson diced inside the points paying positions at Brands Hatch GP behind the wheel of his Audi S3.

Despite the dust still settling on what has been a record-breaking BTCC season, Team Principal Shaun Hollamby has shared his aspiration to once again run a second car for 2017.

“The pace in the car has been really strong again this weekend and it’s a shame that we didn’t get the result in race three, but it happens,” he said. “Despite that, I feel we have ended the year on a high with the pace we have shown throughout race day and it has maintained the performance that we have seen in the Audi in the second half of the year.

“After a tough start to the campaign, Ollie has driven really well this season and hopefully we can sit down and do a deal to continue our relationship into 2017.

“We’re also exploring the possibility of expanding to run a second Audi as we have the shell ready to build up, and have already spoken to some interested parties about what might be possible if we can secure the necessary licence.”

Having joined the West Thurrock-based squad at the start of the season, Jackson is hopeful of putting pen-to-paper on a deal that will see him continue piloting the striking Audi as they make the transition to running RML components.

Jackson commented: “I would love to stay with the team next season, and hopefully we can sit down and do a deal early so that we can get the RML components onto the car and then embark on a proper testing programme for 2017.

“We’ve shown that we can match the pace of the front pack, and we need to make sure we are ready to hit the ground running next year.”

In the overall standings Jackson finished the season residing in 26th with a total of 14 points.

Article originally written on Wednesday, 5 October 2016. Read more articles from the BTCC Crazy Archive.