AMD sign Ollie Jackson for new season, Morgan to enter with SpeedworksPosted: January 19, 2012
AMD Milltek have announced they will continue in the BTCC in 2012 with Oliver Jackson taking the wheel of their NGTC Volkswagen Golf, while Adam Morgan will make his BTCC debut in a Speedworks Toyota.
The announcement took place during last weekend’s Autosport International show, with team principle Shaun Hollamby announcing the team’s continuation in the series for 2012 with Sportscar driver Jackson taking over from Martin Byford.
2010 Porsche Carrera Cup Pro-am 1 champion Jackson will contest in his first full season in the BTCC, following on from his debut outings with Triple Eight in a Vauxhall Vectra in the final two rounds of last season’s BTCC which he combined with British GT racing duties, winning at Spa in a GT4 Lotus Evora.
The team had an up and down season in 2011, but showed flashes of genuine pace and scored nine points under the brief capture of Tom Onslow-Cole before his departure to Ford.
Another signing was made during the same week, when Speedworks announced that the newly-crowned Ginetta GT Supercup champion Adam Morgan would join the team in their NGTC (Next Generation Touring Car) Toyota Avensis.
Morgan’s place in the BTCC was earned as a prize for his success in the Ginetta series, and he will spearhead the team’s assault on 2012 after a difficult and premature season that saw Tony Hughes only enter selected rounds due to mechanical issues.
Speaking at the Autosport show, Morgan said: “It’s a brilliant prize and I can’t wait to get started. I want to get out and do as much testing as possible.
“I want to hit the ground running, try and make an impact and let people know I’m quick and that I can compete.”
Morgan will drive one of two Toyotas the team will field, with Tony Hughes staying on as his team-mate for the 2012 season.
ABOVE: New cars and new looks – John Thorne’s spectacular looking Vauxhall Insignia was on display at the Autosport show (left), as was Special Tuning Racing’s new SEAT livery (right).