AmDTuning.com can today confirm that it has re-signed Ollie Jackson to spearhead its assault on the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
The 31-year-old, originally from Reigate but now based in Tamworth, previously raced with the West Thurrock-based team in his first full season in the BTCC back in 2012 – taking three top ten finishes at the wheel of a VW Golf en-route to 18th in the standings.
Ollie then went on to spend a further two seasons in the series with rival teams, before moving into the supporting Ginetta GT4 Supercup last year after a tough season on track in 2014.
With a solid year of racing behind him in 2015, Ollie now returns to the BTCC eager to show his true potential at the wheel of AmDTuning.com’s Audi S3.
Ollie is set to get his first run in the car at the BTCC’s annual Media Day event at Donington Park later this month, with the team hopeful of additional running prior to the season opener at Brands Hatch in early April.
"If I’m being honest, I didn’t really think a BTCC return was on the cards this year and I was expecting to return to Ginettas again for a second season," Ollie admitted. "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 with 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 said he was pleased to bring Ollie back into the AmDTuning.com fold as the team embarks on a first full season running the Audi, which it campaigned in the second half of 2015.
"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."