AmD Essex

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AmD Essex
Industry Automotive tuning
Founded 1987
Headquarters West Thurrock, United Kingdom
AmD Essex
Motor racing team
Founded 2010
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Team Principal(s) United Kingdom Shaun Hollamby
Current series BTCC
Former series Dunlop Sportmaxx Cup
Drivers' titles 2009 (Shaw)(Sportmaxx)
Teams' titles

AmD Technik Essex (also known as Automotive Developments) is a British car tuning company and auto racing team.


The company was formed in 1987, specialising in the Volkswagen-Audi marque, forming their own VW-backed race team in 1990.[1] They went on to win many championships with AmD-built and tuned Volkswagen Golfs. The company now offers tuning parts for most European cars.

For the 2008 & 2009 season AmD ran SEAT Leóns in the Dunlop Sportmaxx Cup and won the championship in 2009, with Simon Shaw driving.


In 2010, AmD Essex, under the name AmD Milltek Racing, raced in the British Touring Car Championship running a Volkswagen Golf Mk5, driven by their managing director, Shaun Hollamby. The car was previously run in the Baltic Touring Car Championship.

The team remained in the series in 2011, with Tom Onslow-Cole campaigning the Golf for the first four rounds of the season, running with a Lehmann built NGTC engine.

On Sunday 5 June, following Race 2 of round four at Oulton Park, Onslow-Cole announced he would be leaving the team following the final race of the day. Given the sudden circumstances, AmD Milltek took the decision not to field the car for the final round of the day. A day later, it emerged that Onslow-Cole was to return to his previous team, Aon Ford, to run a third car.

In the following week, It was announced that managing director Shaun Hollamby would pilot the car at round five at Croft, to give the team longer to find an appropriate replacement for Onslow-Cole. After Croft, Hollamby announced his retirement from high-level motorsport.[2]

For the remainder of the 2011 season, the team signed former Renault Clio Cup champion, Martin Byford to drive the car.[3]

At the Autosport International show, AmD announced that Ollie Jackson would be driving for the team during the 2012 season.[4]


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