AmD British Touring Car Championship team reveals 2018 line-up

Series regular Ollie Jackson and British Touring Car Championship rookie Sam Smelt will form AmDTuning.com's line-up this season driving the team's Audi S3 saloons

AmD British Touring Car Championship team reveals 2018 line-up

Jackson is preparing for his third season with the West Thurrock-based squad, which tested former series runner-up Sam Tordoff over the winter.

A veteran of 147 BTCC races, Jackson finished in ninth place in the Independents Trophy standings last year and will be eligible for the Jack Sears Trophy, which will run for drivers who have yet to score a podium in the series.

Smelt, 21, will make his BTCC debut after contesting British F4 and VW Cup races in 2017.

AmD team principal Shaun Hollamby said: "[Ollie] has taken huge strides forwards since he rejoined us back in 2016, particularly last year, which was arguably his strongest season in the BTCC.

"Our hope for 2018 is to see him regularly challenge towards the top 10 and push for the Jack Sears Trophy title.

"Sam faces a steep learning curve as a rookie driver, but he did a solid job when he tested the car in tricky conditions back in November.

"He is a youngster with a lot of potential, and there is no reason why he can't look to challenge for points as the season goes on."

shares
comments
Carlin considered racing in the BTCC in 2018

Previous article

Carlin considered racing in the BTCC in 2018

Next article

Dave Newsham retires from British Touring Car Championship

Dave Newsham retires from British Touring Car Championship
Load comments
The increasingly varied CV behind a new BTCC title challenger Plus

The increasingly varied CV behind a new BTCC title challenger

A driver with limited funds behind him, it’s been a tough road to the top of the British Touring Car Championship for Jake Hill. Now he’s a title contender, accomplished historic racer and in-demand coach. It’s a great life for this self-confessed motorsport junkie

BTCC
Aug 26, 2021
The outright tin-top wins achieved by a forgotten tin-top great Plus

The outright tin-top wins achieved by a forgotten tin-top great

Already established as a formidable force in the British Saloon Car Championship, the Triumph Dolomite became a legend in 1977 when Tony Dron's Broadspeed machine frequently embarrassed the mighty Capris

BTCC
May 18, 2021
Five key plotlines to follow in the 2021 BTCC Plus

Five key plotlines to follow in the 2021 BTCC

It’s been a busy silly season in the BTCC since the chequered flag fell to end the 2020 campaign last November. While last year’s top two have stayed put, there’s plenty of talking points elsewhere, which should result in another fascinating year of tin-top action

BTCC
May 7, 2021
The giantkilling 'dad and lad' operation taking on the BTCC's best Plus

The giantkilling 'dad and lad' operation taking on the BTCC's best

The Lancashire squad of Ciceley Motorsport has been a BTCC race winner for several years with Adam Morgan and Mercedes. But the switch to WSR-built BMWs and addition of Tom Chilton as a true barometer for Morgan should see the team step up into title contention

BTCC
May 6, 2021
How a returning champion is feeling at home again in the BTCC Plus

How a returning champion is feeling at home again in the BTCC

After topping the times at the end of British Touring Car Championship pre-season testing, it feels like Gordon Shedden has never been away. But after plenty of changes behind the scenes, the three-time champion is bedding himself in to pick up where he left off

BTCC
May 5, 2021
Why a BTCC legend remains defiant at '97 not out' Plus

Why a BTCC legend remains defiant at '97 not out'

After a year of enforced absence from the British Touring Car Championship grid, Jason Plato is back and hungrier than ever. Despite stellar opposition and some familiar challenges, the two-time champion still has his eyes focused on the biggest prizes

BTCC
May 4, 2021
How Ingram's clean slate can end his BTCC title wait Plus

How Ingram's clean slate can end his BTCC title wait

After seven years together, Tom Ingram and Speedworks Motorsport have amicably split and gone down separate paths for the 2021 BTCC season. With engineer Spencer Aldridge joining him at the Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai squad, Ingram is confident he can challenge for titles from the off

BTCC
Apr 30, 2021
How the unlikely Capri-slaying Dolomite triumphed against adversary Plus

How the unlikely Capri-slaying Dolomite triumphed against adversary

The Dolomite Sprint was a potent giantkilling weapon during the 1970s in the British Saloon Car Championship, now known as the BTCC. Tin-top legend Andy Rouse explains how it became such a force

BTCC
Apr 25, 2021