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AmD Tuning: The Story and the Stats

The Story

Ollie Jaclson returned to the British Touring Car Championship at the start of the season, getting behind the wheel of AmD Tuning’s Audi. The Londoner was aiming for a better year than the one he’d left the BTCC after; a repeat of the pointless season in 2014 was not going to do.

Those points wouldn’t come easy though. A difficult weekend at Brands Hatch, including a retirement in the opening race, was followed by another difficult weekend at Donington Park. After the Donington weekend, which included two retirements, Jackson described his luck as non-existent, but the team knuckled down before the third weekend, Thruxton.

Three race finishes at Thruxton was something to celebrate, but after a second finish outside the points in race two, Jackson knew there was more to come from the car. The AmD Tuning driver pushed hard, managing to take a fourteenth place finish. It may not have been the most impressive drive on the track, but it did earn Jackson his first points of the season, and there would be more where that came from.

There would be no points for the team at Oulton Park, though it must have been satisfying to see the Audi cross the finish line at the end of every race once again. A relatively good qualifying at Croft gave hope for some good results the following day, and set up changes made that even more likely. The harder tyre in the first race of the weekend helped Jackson move up through the field, putting him in a better position to break into the points in race two. Jackson would only take a single point from the race, but it took his total up to three. A gamble in the final race didn’t pay off, and Jackson dropped backwards again, but it was still a positive weekend for the team.

Just when it looked like his luck might be changing, Snetterton struck. Both race one and two ended in retirements for the Londoner, with Jackson being penalised for his part in the accident that ended his second race, despite his protests. There would be more trouble at Knockhill, when a mistake in qualifying put the team on the backfoot, and a “random” failure in one of the races led to his sixth retirement of the season.

Finally, at Rockingham, Jackson would find himself back in the points. The Londoner “proved doubters wrong” in the seventh round of the championship, taking three finishes and two points finishes, which more than tripled his overall points total. The eleventh place in the final race of the weekend would be Jackson’s best finish of the season.

The points continued at Silverstone in the penultimate round of the championship, with a fourteenth place in the opening race, and Jackson was able to take his total up to fourteen with another point at Brands Hatch.

The season was far from Jackson’s best in the championship, not helped by the lack of testing before the start of the season, but as far as comebacks go, it wasn’t too bad. Whether Jackson will be on the grid next year or not is still unknown.

The Stats

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Qualifying Positions

Qualifying Positions

Finishing Positions

Finishing Positions

Position Changes

Position Changes

Image Credit: Caroline Rhea

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