Mark Blundell Motorsport will join the grid of the 2020 British Touring Car Championship after forming a ‘strategic alliance’ with Shaun Hollamby’s AmD Tuning team, which will see the team rebranded for the coming season.
Having made his BTCC début as a driver last year, Blundell will take over as Sporting Director of the team for 2020, after confirming that he would not be returning to the driving seat earlier in the year.
AmD first joined the BTCC grid in 2010 with Hollamby as a driver, and the West-Thurrock based team has been ever-present since, with its improving on-track performances culminating in securing the Independent Teams’ title last year.
Blundell took to the BTCC in a Trade Price Cars Audi S3 in 2019, with the team working in partnership with Hollamby’s AmD outfit.
The 1992 Le Mans 24 Hours winner was immediately impressed with the quality of the BTCC, both on and off the track.
“I made no secret of how impressed I was with the British Touring Car Championship as a platform last year,” said Blundell. “As I found out quite clearly, it is fiercely competitive, and if you ask anyone involved, it’s that unpredictable race result that is a huge attraction.
“Last year, together with my team at our sports management and marketing agency, MB Partners, we proved the value that the series can have for a number of major global brands, and the forming of MB Motorsport this year will allow us to further these partnerships and build on those relationships.
“Having reached this stage of my career, I love being involved in motorsport and this opportunity is a new challenge for me and one that opens channels for our managed driver portfolio at MB Partners and many of our commercial partners.
“I have a huge amount of respect for Shaun and his team who run an excellent operation, so working with them and forming MB Motorsport together provides us with a huge platform to build from both on and off the track.”
Hollamby will remain as the Team Principal in the new partnership, with the AmD boss looking forward to continuing to work with Blundell in 2020.
“Working with Mark and MB Partners last year was of huge benefit to us as a team, and this announcement signals the start of a new and really exciting chapter of our time in the BTCC,” said Hollamby.
“Mark found out first-hand just how tough this Championship can be, but he brought with him a new level of detail, processes and the highest of standards to our operation.
“I have known Mark for a number of years, and we have always spoken about how we could work together – now we are finally getting the chance to do so formally.
“Our hope is that combining our pedigree within the BTCC, Mark’s experience and profile, and MB Partners’ commercial expertise can really take our whole operation to a new level and it is one we cannot wait to get started with.”
MB Motorsport will take to the track with Jake Hill and Sam Osborne driving its pair of Honda Civic Type-R cars in the 2020 BTCC.