AmD Tuning.com has announced the signing of Ollie Jackson for the 2012 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season.
Jackson will drive the team's Volkswagen Golf in his first full season in the BTCC having competed in the final two rounds of 2011 in a Triple Eight-run Vauxhall Vectra.
The 27-year-old is due to test the car for the first time next month ahead of the season opener at Brands Hatch at the end of March.
“After the two rounds last season in the Vectra, I knew the BTCC was where I wanted to be full-time in 2012 and I'm delighted that I've been able to agree a deal with AmD Tuning.com,” he said. “I'm really pleased to have a deal confirmed nice and early, which will give me time to carry out some decent testing before the opening rounds.
“Since I moved into car racing, I've never had a full testing programme before the season started, so its good that I'll be able to spend some meaningful time behind the wheel of the Golf, especially as I don't have much experience of front-wheel drive.
“My initial aim is to see where I stand when we get to Brands Hatch and then make improvements and move forwards. However, the Golf is a proven car that showed good pace in 2011 and my target is to bring home top ten finishes as the year goes on. The team has welcomed me onboard and I can't wait to get started.”
Team boss Shaun Hollamby said he was pleased to sign the former Porsche Carrera Cup Pro-Am1 title winner for the new season.
“We spoke to a number of drivers about 2012 and are delighted we have been able to agree a deal with Ollie, and agree a deal this early in the year,” he said. “He will get the chance to test the Volkswagen for the first time in mid-February and that will be the first part of a full test programme ahead of the new season. That is an important part of our plans for 2012 as it will be the first time we have been able to carry out a full testing programme before the season starts.
“Ollie impressed me last year with his performances in the Triple Eight car when you consider that he hadn't raced a front-wheel drive machine before, and I'm confident that he can help us take further steps forward and help us fight inside the top ten on a regular basis.
“We have made some tweaks to the Golf over the winter and are confident that the regulations in place for the new season will work in our favour as it should be easier for the series to equalise performance between the different turbo engines on the grid. We know we were down on power a little last year but I'm confident that the regulations will help with that this season, and with Ollie onboard, I'm looking forward to a successful 2012.”