AmD Essex

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AmD Essex
Founded 1987 (as company)
1990 (as race team)
Base West Thurrock, United Kingdom
Team principal(s) Shaun Hollamby
Current series BTCC
Former series Dunlop Sportmaxx Cup
Current drivers Mike Bushell
Nicolas Hamilton
Jake Hill
Dunlop Sportmaxx Cup:
2009: Simon Shaw
Website AmD Tuning Essex

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]


  1. ^ "About AmD Technik". AmD Technik (Essex) Ltd. Archived from the original on 15 January 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Hollamby retires from driving". JHED Media BV. 20 June 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "AmD Milltek signs Byford to drive Golf". JHED Media BV. 8 July 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  4. ^ O'Leary, Jamie (12 January 2012). "Ollie Jackson joins AmD for 2012 BTCC campaign". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 

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