The AmDtuning.com team is hoping to bounce back from the engine issues it suffered at Donington Park when it heads to Thruxton this weekend for the latest rounds of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
The team ran into engine troubles last time out when Ollie Jackson was forced to retire from the opening race of the weekend and was unable to take part in the remaining two races as the team elected not to risk damage that would have seen it miss this weekend's meeting.
With the issues that halted his weekend at Donington having now been resolved, Jackson heads to Thruxton in confident mood as he looks to take steps back up the championship standings at the circuit where he sampled the AmD Volkswagen Golf for the first time back in February.
“I'm really looking forward to Thruxton,” he said. “The team is well prepared and we have sorted the problems we faced at Donington, so the car should be in perfect condition. I tested the car at Thruxton before the season started which will be beneficial for me, but the conditions are likely to be different when we return this weekend so we'll still have some work to do on set-up when we get into practice.
“It looks like it might be wet which means it will be a bit of learning curve for me, especially at a high-speed circuit like Thruxton, but my aim remains to break into the top ten and that is what I'm going for this weekend.”
Team boss Shaun Hollamby revealed that work to remap the engine following Donington Park had led to the team uncovering a number of improvements that should help improve performance during the weekend ahead.
“We spent two and half days testing the engine on the dyno after Donington Park to make sure that everything is working as it should do,” he said. “The problem we had was the difference between a very worn old engine that had done a full season and a brand new engine. If we'd kept running the new one as it was, we risked damage that would have prevented us racing at Thruxton. Instead, we've got the engine sorted and found some improvements that set us well for this weekend.
“After the disappointment we suffered last time out, I expect to see us knocking on the door of the top ten this time around and I see no reason why that won't be the case. Thruxton was our best weekend of the season last year and with the changes we have made to the car since then, I'm feeling confident. Ollie set some encouraging times when we tested there before the season started, and if we can replicate the kind of pace we showed in the opening rounds at Brands Hatch, I think we'll be on for a good weekend.”