AmDTuning.com confirm Ollie Jackson for 2016
AmDTuning.com has today confirmed that Ollie Jackson will pilot its Audi S3 in the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
The 31-year-old raced with the West Thurrock-based team in his first full BTCC campaign in 2012, taking three top ten finishes at the wheel of a Volkswagen Golf en route to 18th in the standings. Jackson then spent two further seasons in the series before moving into the Ginetta GT4 Supercup last year.
Jackson will get his first run in the squad’s Audi S3 at the BTCC Season Launch on 22 March at Donington Park. The team is hopeful of additional running prior to the first round at Brands Hatch on 2-3 April.
“If I’m being honest, I didn’t really think a BTCC return was on the cards this year,” Ollie said.
“However, I had a chat with Shaun and before you know it, we’d agreed a deal for me to race the Audi this year.
“I’m absolutely delighted to be back on the touring car grid, especially with the guys at AmDTuning.com as my best season in the BTCC came with them back in 2012 in the Golf.
“My last season in the championship didn’t go to plan and is one I would rather forget, but I feel I’m coming back into the series in good shape and view this deal as a fresh start and an opportunity to show what I can do.
“There is no doubt that the Audi has a lot of potential, but we also have to be realistic in what is going to be a very strong field. I see no reason why we can’t challenge for points on a regular basis during the season and if we can also break into the top ten as we go along then I think we can be happy.”
Team boss Shaun Hollamby spoke of his pleasure in welcoming Jackson back to the AmDTuning.com as the team embarks on a first full season running the striking red Audi S3.
“We had a lot of interest in the car for this season, particularly after people had chance to see it in the flesh in the new livery at the Autosport International show,” he said. “We’re pleased to have agreed a deal with Ollie to return the fold and are looking forward to resuming the relationship we enjoyed with him when he raced with our Golf.
“Ollie is a driver who comes back into the series with a point to prove after a tough year in 2014 and we are confident that we have a package that will allow him to show his true potential.
“We showed the pace of the Audi in the second half of 2015 and with Ollie back in the team, we are confident of being able to regularly challenge for points during the year ahead.”