Mowle and Os­borne head two-car Bri­tish GT ef­fort

Motor Sport News - - Rac­ing News - By Rob Lad­brook Pho­tos: Jakob Ebrey, Steve Jones

Bri­tish Tour­ing Car squad AMD Tun­ing will ex­pand its Bri­tish GT at­tack to field two BMW Z4 GT3S this year, with se­ries reg­u­lars Joe Os­borne and Lee Mowle lead­ing the team.

The West Thur­rock-based squad has bro­kered a deal to take over the run­ning of the for­mer Triple Eight Rac­ing BMWS. Mowle and Os­borne will con­tinue in the same chas­sis they raced to third in GT3 last year. The driv­ers for the sec­ond car have yet to be con­firmed.

AMD Tun­ing, which also plans to run at least one Audi S3 in the 2016 BTCC, joined Bri­tish GT last year with a sin­gle en­try into the GT4 di­vi­sion. It ran Gra­ham Coomes and Jake Hill for a part-cam­paign in a Porsche 911.

AMD head Shaun Hol­lamby said: “Hav­ing had the chance to ex­pe­ri­ence Bri­tish GT for the first time last sea­son it be­came clear we wanted to be part of the se­ries for the long term. We’re de­lighted to move into GT3 with a two-car team.

“The BMW has proven it­self to be a strong pack­age in re­cent years and in Lee and Joe we have an es­tab­lished pair­ing in place who have shown they are ca­pa­ble of chal­leng­ing for the ti­tle.”

For­mer Triple Eight and Track­speed chief en­gi­neer Keith Cheetham will also move across to AMD to bring GT3 ex­pe­ri­ence to the team.

Mowle added: “I’ve known Shaun for a few years now through the BTCC and his team fits the bill. AMD is run as a tight ship and we are bring­ing a lot of en­gi­neer­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with us.

“Keith will con­tinue, hav­ing en­gi­neered the cars last year and we also have a wealth of data. We also ran the new Pirelli tyres in Blanc­pain last year. Hav­ing fin­ished third last sea­son, the con­sis­tency of keep­ing the same driver pair­ing is im­por­tant.”

Os­borne added: “We’ve learnt a lot about the BMW from our time at Triple Eight, so it will be in­ter­est­ing to see what emerges from look­ing at it from a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive and a dif­fer­ent team. The cham­pi­onship will be very tight this year and the driver pair­ing that makes the fewest mis­takes will come out on top – hope­fully that will be us.”

Triple Eight will with­draw from Bri­tish GT to fo­cus on a new three-year deal with MG Mo­tor UK for the BTCC. Team head Ian Har­ri­son said: “We won’t be do­ing GTS this year as we in­tend to fo­cus solely on our BTCC com­mit­ments with MG.”

Os­borne (left) and Mowle are proven Triple Eight crew were third in 2015

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