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AmD Technik Essex (also known as Automotive Developments) is a British car tuning company and auto racing team. The team currently competes in the British Touring Car Championship under the Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance and TradePriceCars.com banner, as well as the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series in a partnership deal with Marko Stipp Motorsport.[1]

AmD Essex
Founded1987 (as company)
1990 (as race team)
BaseWest Thurrock, United Kingdom
Team principal(s)Shaun Hollamby
Current seriesBTCC
NASCAR Whelen Euro Series
Former seriesDunlop Sportmaxx Cup
Current driversBTCC:
6. Rory Butcher
8. Mark Blundell
24. Jake Hill
600. Sam Tordoff
NASCAR Whelen Euro Series:
46. Ant Whorton-Eales (Elite 1), Shaun Hollamby (Elite 2)
Drivers'
Championships
Dunlop Sportmaxx Cup:
2009: Simon Shaw
WebsiteAmD Tuning Essex

HistoryEdit

The company was formed in 1987, specialising in the Volkswagen-Audi marque, forming their own VW-backed race team in 1990.[2] They went on to win many championships with AmD-built and tuned Volkswagen Golfs. The company now offers tuning parts for most European cars.

For the 2008 & 2009 seasons, AmD ran SEAT Leóns in the Dunlop Sportmaxx Cup and won the championship in 2009, with Simon Shaw driving.

BTCCEdit

Ant Whorton-Eales (left) and Ollie Jackson (right), the team's drivers, at the Knockhill round of the 2017 British Touring Car Championship.

In 2010, AmD Essex, under the name AmD Milltek Racing, raced in the British Touring Car Championship running a Volkswagen Golf Mk5, driven by their managing director, Shaun Hollamby. The car was previously run in the Baltic Touring Car Championship.

The team remained in the series in 2011, with Tom Onslow-Cole campaigning the Golf for the first four rounds of the season, running with a Lehmann built NGTC engine.

On Sunday 5 June, following Race 2 of round four at Oulton Park, Onslow-Cole announced he would be leaving the team following the final race of the day. Given the sudden circumstances, AmD Milltek took the decision not to field the car for the final round of the day. A day later, it emerged that Onslow-Cole was to return to his previous team, Aon Ford, to run a third car.

In the following week, it was announced that managing director Shaun Hollamby would pilot the car at round five at Croft, to give the team longer to find an appropriate replacement for Onslow-Cole. After Croft, Hollamby announced his retirement from high-level motorsport.[3]

For the remainder of the 2011 season, the team signed former Renault Clio Cup champion, Martin Byford to drive the car.[4]

At the Autosport International show, AmD announced that Ollie Jackson would be driving for the team during the 2012 season.[5]

In 2013, AmD ran James Kaye in a Honda Civic for one round of the BTCC and four rounds in a Volkswagen Golf, which was also piloted by Hollamby and Aaron Mason for one round each. They sat out the Knockhill, Rockingham and Silverstone rounds of the championship.

Dave Newsham joined the team in 2014 and drove a Ford Focus ST for the season, picking up the team's first podium in race 3 at Newsham's home round at Knockhill and finished 17th in the championship.

For 2015, the team stuck with the Ford Focus ST with Mike Bushall piloting, and introduced the Audi S3 purchased from Rotek Racing to run Nicolas Hamilton for four rounds and Jake Hill at the final round at Brands Hatch.

Ollie Jackson returned to the squad in 2016 opting to run the Audi S3 and ditching the focus. Jackson completed the season in 26th place in the championship.

2017 saw AmD build a second Audi S3 for Ant Whorton-Eales to partner Jackson for the season with the two becoming regular points scorers on the way to 22nd and 23rd in the final standings.

AmD significantly expanded for the 2018 BTCC season with the purchase from the defunct Triple 8 team of a pair of race winning MG 6s. To drive the two machines, the services of young Scotsman Rory Butcher who debuted in 2017 and previous BTCC race winner Tom Boardman were called upon. AmD also retained the two Audi S3s with Jackson remaining in one for the 3rd consecutive season and youngster Sam Smelt called up to the sister car. They recorded their best season to date with Butcher regularly troubling the top points scorers. Boardman was replaced half way through the season by Ant Whorton-Eales for Snetterton, Glyn Geddie for Rockingham and Knockhill and Josh Caygill for Silverstone and Brands Hatch. Ollie Jackson also took a 3rd place finish at Brands Hatch in changeable conditions.

For 2019, AmD sold the MG 6s to new squad Exceler8 and bought a pair of Honda Civic FK8 from Eurotech, who left the series at the end of 2018. Butcher was retained for one of the new Honda seats and race-winner Sam Tordoff was brought in to partner him. The Audi S3s were sold to Trade Price Racing but are still to be run for the team in a two year deal by AmD, with Jake Hill taking one of the Audi seats.

BTCC resultsEdit

British Touring Car Championship results
Year Team name Car Drivers Wins Poles Fast laps Points D.C. T.C. M.C. I.D.C. I.T.C.
2010 AmD Milltek Racing.com Volkswagen Golf   Shaun Hollamby 0 0 0 0 28th 16th N/A 22nd 13th
2011 AmD Milltek Racing.com Volkswagen Golf   Tom Onslow-Cole 0 0 0 61 13th 12th N/A 7th 10th
  Shaun Hollamby 0 0 0 0 29th 24th
  Martin Byford 0 0 0 0 30th 25th
2012 AmD Tuning.com Volkswagen Golf   Ollie Jackson 0 0 0 61 18th 13th N/A 13th 11th
2013 AmD Tuning.com Honda Civic   James Kaye 0 0 0 5 27th 18th N/A 26th 15th
Volkswagen Golf
  Shaun Hollamby 0 0 0 1 33rd 29th
  Aaron Mason 0 0 0 0 29th 34th
2014 AmD Tuning.com Ford Focus ST   Dave Newsham 0 0 0 70 17th 10th N/A 13th 8th
2015 AmD Tuning Ford Focus ST   Mike Bushell 0 0 0 22 23rd 5th N/A 15th 9th
Audi S3 Saloon   Nicolas Hamilton 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
  Jake Hill 0 0 0 0 35th 28th
2016 AmD Tuning Audi S3 Saloon   Ollie Jackson 0 0 0 14 26th 16th N/A 13th 10th
2017 AmD Tuning Audi S3 Saloon   Ant Whorton-Eales 0 0 0 34 23rd 14th N/A 12th 7th
  Ollie Jackson 0 0 0 42 22nd 9th
2018 AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 Saloon   Sam Smelt 0 0 0 0 34th 17th N/A 21st 13th
  Ollie Jackson 0 0 0 59 23rd 15th
AmDTuning.com with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing MG6 GT   Rory Butcher 0 0 0 99 17th 12th N/A 10th 7th
  Ant Whorton-Eales 0 0 0 6 30th 23rd
  Tom Boardman 0 0 0 6 29th 20th
  Glynn Geddie 0 0 0 1 33rd 25th
  Josh Caygill 0 0 0 0 40th 29th
2019 Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing Honda Civic Type R (FK2)   Rory Butcher 3* 1* 3* 227* 5th* 3rd* N/A 1st* 2nd*
  Sam Tordoff 1* 2* 0* 147* 11th* 5th*
  Mike Bushell 0* 0* 1* 1* 29th* 5th*
TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 Saloon   Jake Hill 1* 0* 0* 121* 14th* 10th* N/A 4th* 3rd*
  Mark Blundell 0* 0* 0* 2* 27th* 19th*
Year Team name Car Drivers Wins Poles Fast laps Points D.C. T.C. M.C. I.D.C. I.T.C.
Notes
* Season still in progress
Swapped teams mid season

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Racing-Total presents an international lineup". hometracks.nascar.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  2. ^ "About AmD Technik". AmD Technik (Essex) Ltd. Archived from the original on 15 January 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Hollamby retires from driving". GPUpdate.net. JHED Media BV. 20 June 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  4. ^ "AmD Milltek signs Byford to drive Golf". GPUpdate.net. JHED Media BV. 8 July 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  5. ^ O'Leary, Jamie (12 January 2012). "Ollie Jackson joins AmD for 2012 BTCC campaign". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 2 January 2015.

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