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.
|Founded||1987 (as company)|
1990 (as race team)
|Base||West Thurrock, United Kingdom|
|Team principal(s)||Shaun Hollamby|
NASCAR Whelen Euro Series
|Former series||Dunlop Sportmaxx Cup|
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)
|Dunlop Sportmaxx Cup:|
2009: Simon Shaw
|Website||AmD Tuning Essex|
The company was formed in 1987, specialising in the Volkswagen-Audi marque, forming their own VW-backed race team in 1990. They went on to win many championships with AmD-built and tuned Volkswagen Golfs. The company now offers tuning parts for most European cars.
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.
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.
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.
|British Touring Car Championship results|
|Year||Team name||Car||Drivers||Wins||Poles||Fast laps||Points|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|2018||AmDTuning.com with Cobra Exhausts||Audi S3 Saloon||Sam Smelt||0||0||0||0||34th||17th||N/A||21st||13th|
|AmDTuning.com with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing||MG6 GT||Rory Butcher||0||0||0||99||17th||12th||N/A||10th||7th|
|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*|
|TradePriceCars.com||Audi S3 Saloon||Jake Hill||1*||0*||0*||121*||14th*||10th*||N/A||4th*||3rd*|
|Year||Team name||Car||Drivers||Wins||Poles||Fast laps||Points|
- * Season still in progress
- † Swapped teams mid season
- "Racing-Total presents an international lineup". hometracks.nascar.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
- "About AmD Technik". AmD Technik (Essex) Ltd. Archived from the original on 15 January 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
- "Hollamby retires from driving". GPUpdate.net. JHED Media BV. 20 June 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
- "AmD Milltek signs Byford to drive Golf". GPUpdate.net. JHED Media BV. 8 July 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
- O'Leary, Jamie (12 January 2012). "Ollie Jackson joins AmD for 2012 BTCC campaign". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
- Official website
- http://www.racecar-engineering.com/news/cars/438063/volkswagen-joins-btcc-grid.html[permanent dead link]
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