AmD Tuning has confirmed that Sam Osborne will join the team in 2020, completing its line-up for next season’s British Touring Car Championship.
Osborne made his debut in the BTCC last year, contesting the season with Excelr8 Motorsport, achieving a best result of 14th at Snetterton, where he scored his maiden points in the series.
The 26-year-old will now swap the MG6 GT for a race-winning Honda Civic Type R, and will race alongside new team-mate Jake Hill, with the aim to be a regular points finisher in 2020.
Speaking about the deal, Osborne said: “I’m ecstatic about this deal and can’t wait for the new season to get underway.
“To be honest, it hasn’t really sunk in yet, but this is a fantastic opportunity for me and one that I want to try and grab with both hands.
“From the moment I first spoke to Shaun [Hollamby], I knew that this was the right deal for me and I’m hoping that this can be the start of something long term with the team.
“There is little doubt that my rookie season had its challenges, but I’m hopeful that the Honda is a car that will be better suited to my driving style and that I can work with the team and with Jake to learn as much as possible and make progress up the order.
“To regularly challenge for points finishes is the first objective and if I could then make a bid for the Jack Sears Trophy it would be fantastic.”
AmD Tuning had a strong season in 2019, with Rory Butcher winning the Jack Sears Trophy, and Team Principal, Shaun Hollamby believes Osborne has the quality to help the team challenge for the trophy once again.
“Sam is a driver who did a solid job during the 2019 season when you consider that he went into his first year in the series with very little testing and with a team that was new to the BTCC,” added Hollamby.
“It’s a big step up from the Clio Cup, and he showed himself to be more than capable of racing at this level.
“With a year of experience behind him, Sam’s goal now has to be to make the step forward to challenge for points on a regular basis and we certainly feel that that is something that he can do during the year ahead.
“The Jack Sears Trophy is a realistic goal, and it would be great if he could help us challenge for the title for a third time.”