AmD to take over running of BTCC MGs

Matt James
This article first appeared on autosport.com

The AmD Tuning British Touring Car Championship team will expand to four cars for the 2018 season after agreeing a deal to run a pair of MG6 GTs.

The deal to run the MGs – which were previously run under the Triple Eight Racing banner – means the cars will be run alongside AmD’s pair of Audi S3s, which will be driven by Sam Smelt and Ollie Jackson.

Talks with potential drivers to fill the two vacant MG seats are currently ongoing.

Josh Cook, who contesed the second half of last season in one of the Triple Eight-run MGs, has returned to the Power Maxed Racing squad for 2017 while Aron Taylor-Simth plans to switch to GT racing.

The two cars and the TBLs required to run them have been transferred to the West Thurrock-based team, and work is underway to prepare the MG6s for pre-season testing.

“The BTCC is a fantastic series to be involved in, so when the chance to expand our team and run the MGs this season came up, it was an opportunity we grabbed with both hands,” said team boss Shaun Hollamby.

“This is a big season for the BTCC as it celebrates its 60th anniversary, and we are delighted that we will be able to play our part with an expanded presence on the grid.

“The MG has been one of the most successful cars of recent seasons, with countless wins and podiums, and we are keen to try and add to that during the year ahead.

“We have already started work on a development programme with the cars to ensure they are ready and raring to go, and are in talks with potential drivers about filling the two seats.”

Triple Eight Racing, which had run the MGs since the brand returned to the championship in 2012, is owned by Team BMR boss Warren Scott.

Scott has yet to confirm any programme for Triple Eight Racing for the 2018 season.

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