BTCC Winners’ Story: Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance
The 2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship marked AmD Essex celebrating their tenth year in the UK’s premier motorsport series, highlighted by Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance’s victory in the Independent Teams’ Championship.
Throughout the campaign, the Essex-based team achieved an impressive 11 maximum points hauls, notching up more double wins at events than any other Independent squad, fuelling their championship bid.
As the series entered its traditional summer break the team found themselves 15 points in arrears of BTC Racing, who were topping the table at the time. The second half of the season saw AmD raise their game to outscore their points from the initial five events by 17.
“Sealing the Independent Teams’ Championship is unbelievable. It just shows the amount of work and dedication the team have put in this season.”
– Rory Butcher
As the Brands Hatch finale approached, Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance led the standings by four points, but with BTC Racing hot on their heels, the fight wasn’t over yet. A strong weekend from the collaborative efforts of drivers Rory Butcher and Mike Bushell alongside the whole crew’s determination saw Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance maintain their position at the top of the Independents Teams’ Championship, concluding the season 29 points ahead of BTC Racing.
In addition to clinching the Independent Teams’ trophy, their third-place finish in the overall standings shows the squad’s strength in 2019 and their potential going forward.
“It couldn’t have gone much better. It’s a big step forward for us, it’s been the first season we’ve been winning races, definitely the first where we’re challenging for titles. It’s the first step on the ladder.
“Next year, which we’re planning already, we’re looking to move forward and see if we can push for the overall title. That means strengthening the crew, making changes and updating the car, and then looking at drivers as well.”
– Team Principal Shaun Hollamby