The AmDtuning.com team will aim to secure more championship points when the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship heads to Donington Park this weekend for the second round of the season.
The West Thurrock-based team has fond memories of the East Midlands circuit having picked up its maiden BTCC top ten finish at the venue last year, with its turbo-powered VW Golf taking its best result to date with seventh place in the second race of the weekend.
Already this season, the team has secured two points finishes in three races, with Attleborough-based driver Ollie Jackson having taken 13th and eighth place finishes at Brands Hatch before he was caught out by oil on the circuit in the final race and was forced to retire from while running inside the top six.
Ollie goes into the weekend sitting just two points away from a place inside the top ten in the championship standings and having impressed throughout his first weekend at the wheel of the AmDtuning.com Volkswagen, he will now hope to fight towards the top ten again in his second outing with the team.
“We had a test at Donington Park before the season started which went well, and I’m feeling good about the weekend,” he said. “I think we showed a good level of performance at Brands Hatch even though I feel I could have done better in qualifying, and the aim is to be pushing towards the top ten again.
“I don’t feel the same amount of pressure as I did going to Brands Hatch and am more at ease with the car now I have a race meeting under my belt; I just need to be consistent throughout the weekend and make sure I qualify better so we can push on for points. The Golf showed good pace at Donington last year and having found more grip and improved the high-speed handling since then, I think we’re on for a good weekend.”
The accident in the final race at Brands Hatch, which saw the Golf hit by a number of other cars that had also gone off on the oil dropped by Mat Jackson’s Ford Focus, has led to plenty of work back at the AmDtuning.com base over the past week.
With the car now fully repaired, team boss Shaun Hollamby said he was optimistic that the level of performance shown at Brands Hatch can be maintained this weekend despite the differing nature of the circuit.
“The car was more heavily damaged than we thought after the accident but its been on the jig and the guys at Legend Vehicle Solutions managed to turn the bodywork round quickly for us before the Easter weekend, so we’re more of less ready and raring to go for Donington,” he said. “Brands Hatch was a good start for us and the race pace in particular was good. Ollie did a good job and without the accident in race three, I genuinely think we’d have been on for a top six finish.
“Now we have to try and more forwards from where we were at Brands Hatch and Donington is a circuit where we have gone well for the past two seasons. It’s a circuit where people say it is all about power, but you also need a car that handles well and that is one of the strengths of the Golf. Having worked on both the chassis and the engine to get more speed out of the car, which we showed at Brands Hatch, I feel top ten finishes are achievable this weekend and I have a good feeling about our chances.”