AmD Tuning to run ex-Triple Eight MGs in four-car 2018 BTCC assault

AmD Tuning to run ex-Triple Eight MGs in four-car 2018 BTCC assault

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AmD Tuning will run four cars in the 2018 British Touring Car Championship season after agreeing a deal to run the two former Triple Eight cars alongside their existing Audi effort.

The deal means that AmD will run one of the most successful cars of the NGTC era, and will step up to running four cars for the first time since entering the BTCC in 2010.

Talks are ongoing with a number of drivers about filling the seats, with further news to be released in the coming weeks.

Experienced BTCC racer Ollie Jackson and rookie Sam Smelt have already been confirmed as racing in the team’s Audi S3 challengers.

In securing the deal to run the MGs, AmD have also acquired the two TOCA BTCC Licences [TBLs] which were previously assigned to Warren Scott’s Triple Eight Racing arm.

AmD will also focus their efforts solely on touring cars in 2018, suspending their sportscar programme in British GT and the Le Mans Cup, where the West Thurrock-based team have run for the past three seasons.

“The BTCC is a fantastic series to be involved in, so when the chance to expand our team and run the MGs this season came up, it was an opportunity we grabbed with both hands,” explained Team Principal Shaun Hollamby.

“This is a big season for the BTCC as it celebrates its 60th anniversary, and we are delighted that we will be able to play our part with an expanded presence on the grid.

“The MG has been one of the most successful cars of recent seasons, with countless wins and podiums, and we are keen to try and add to that during the year ahead.

“We have already started work on a development programme with the cars to ensure they are ready and raring to go, and are in talks with a number of potential drivers about filling the two seats.”

“Everyone involved with the team is hugely excited by this deal, and we are looking forward to getting the cars out on track and fighting for success on four fronts during the year ahead.”

The team are now preparing for pre-season testing and will unveil the new livery for the MG6 cars at the media launch at Donington Park in March.