Jackson re-signs with AmD Tuning

Ollie Jackson has re-signed with AMD Tuning for the 2017 British Touring Car Championship. The Reigate based driver has described this season as the best chance he’s had in the championship.

Jackson rejoined the small squad last season, after having previously raced for AmD Tuning back in 2012. He took twenty sixth in the championship last year after six points finishes.

“This year we showed that we had a competitive package with the Audi,” Jackson said. “Even though the fact we didn’t have the upgraded suspension worked against us at some circuits. With the upgrades that will now be carried out, and the knowledge and experience we have, I’m hopeful that we can be in a strong position when the season starts and be able to challenge for points from round one, with the ultimate goal being to push for the top ten.”

Jackson has admitted, with the entire field aiming to make developments on their own cars, top ten finishes won’t come easy, but believes the Audi S3 he’ll be piloting still has “a huge amount of potential”.

AmD are hoping driver continuity will help them progress after a positive second half of the 2016 season.

“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,” said team principal Shaun Hollamby. “Given the way this season ended, 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.”

The early announcement might be key to any possible success for the AmD squad, as it’ll allow extensive pre-season testing ahead of the first race at Brands Hatch in April, something Jackson says has been lacking in the past.

This might not be the only announcement we see from AmD tuning before round one comes around, though.

“There is still the possibility that we may be able to run a second car alongside Ollie, if certain things fall into place,” Hollamby said. “But it is out of our hands at the moment and very much a case of wait and see.”

Feature image credit: Caroline Rhea

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