2018 BTCC challenge gets underway this weekend at Brands Hatch

Beavis Morgan sponsored Ollie Jackson, together with the AmD with Cobra Exhausts team, looks to start the season on a high at Brands Hatch.

The AmD with Cobra Exhausts team are hoping for a strong start to the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season when the new campaign kicks off at Brands Hatch this weekend.

The West Thurrock-based team makes the short trip to the Kent circuit with a new look line-up in place for the BTCC’s 60th anniversary season, with Beavis Morgan sponsored AmD driver Ollie Jackson being joined by series newcomer Sam Smelt.

Ollie, who was named Motorsport Personality of the Year in 2016, embarks on his third year at the wheel of AmD with Cobra Exhaust’s Audi S3 seeking to build on arguably the strongest season of his BTCC career to date in 2017. There, the 33-year-old regularly challenged for points finishes and also led a BTCC race for the first time at Croft.

For the first time, Ollie has enjoyed a full pre-season testing programme with the Audi, which has included track time in both the UK and overseas.

His focus during the weekend ahead is firmly on putting strong early season points on the board to build on the progress made last year.

Ollie Jackson, #48 Audi S3, says: “We are better prepared than we ever have been for the start of a new season and with the upgrades to the car and the testing we have done, I’m confident we can enjoy a strong weekend.

“There are still a few things we want to try when the weekend gets underway, but we already have a quick package that we now need to just refine.

“The aim is to try and make sure we start this season where we finished the last one, and that means points in all three races has to be the target.

“I see no reason why we can’t look to push towards the top ten, and give ourselves a good foundation for the rest of the year.”

Shaun Hollamby, AmD with Cobra Exhausts team principal, adds: “Thanks to the support of Cobra Exhausts, Carbon Clean and our other sponsors, we are probably in the best shape we have ever been with the Audis at the start of a season.

“Ollie goes into the new season on the back of a strong 2017 and I feel he is driving better than he ever has done in the past. With that in mind, we’re confident that he can enjoy a strong start to the year and I think he is more than capable of bringing home some strong points this weekend.”

Beavis Morgan is proud to sponsor Ollie Jackson for the third successive British Touring Car Championship season. We wish Ollie and the AmD with Cobra Exhausts team all the best for a successful 2018 season. 

You can follow Ollie’s progress on Facebook and Twitter and click here to view the BTCC 2018 Race Calendar. For more information about Ollie and his racing career, visit https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Ollie_Jackson

Read the press release in full: AmD with Cobra Exhausts targets points scoring start at Brands Hatch

[Photos: Marc Waller]