THE AmDTuning.com team enjoyed an evening of success at the Audi Driver Awards after walking away with one of the top accolades from the annual end of year event.
Driver Ollie Jackson was named as Motorsport Personality of the Year for 2016 on the back of a solid season on track with the West Thurrock-based team, which was running its Audi S3 in a full Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship campaign for the first time.
The award, voted for by readers of Audi Driver magazine, is open to drivers in all forms of racing, with previous winners including the likes of multiple Le Mans winner Allan McNish and fellow sportscar star Oliver Jarvis.
The announcement of Ollie’s award came after he had provided selected guests with the opportunity to ride shotgun in his BTCC machine at the Audi Driver International event at Castle Combe, with the S3 proving to be a popular draw with the large number of Audi fans in attendance.
“I’ve really enjoyed my season in the Audi this year, and it’s fantastic to have been rewarded in this way at the end of it,” Ollie said. “I was both surprised and honoured when my name was announced as the winner of the award, especially when you consider the calibre of some of the people who have won it in the past.
“The whole Audi Driver International event was really enjoyable and a nice relaxing way to end the season. It was great to spend the day with people who are so enthusiastic about everything to do with the Audi brand, including our S3, and to then celebrate our success in the evening at the awards dinner.”
AmDTuning.com chief Shaun Hollamby was delighted to see the team rewarded for its performances on track, which also reflected the continued popularity of the BTCC with race fans.
“It’s fantastic to see Ollie end the year with this award, particularly when it is one that has been chosen by Audi enthusiasts,” he said. “When you consider the calibre of some of the drivers he was up against in Audi’s World Endurance Championship and DTM programmes, it’s brilliant that his performances in our S3 have gone down so well.
“Not only is it hugely rewarding for both Ollie and the whole AmDTuning.com team, it is also a reflection of the power than the BTCC has and it’s ongoing popularity with fans.”
The AmDTuning.com team will now turn its attentions towards the 2017 as it works to secure the licence required to expand to a two-car team, with tests planned with potential drivers at both Donington Park and Snetterton next month.