Sam Osborne will make the switch from Excelr8 Motorsport to AmD Tuning for the 2020 BTCC campaign, completing the team’s two-car lineup of Honda Civic Type Rs for the upcoming season.
26-year old Osborne will be entering his second successive season in the BTCC, and the Worksop-based driver will be looking to build on a maiden season which included a best-placed finish of 14th at Snetterton.
Osborne, who has previously raced in the MINI Challenge and Renault Clio Cup makes the move to the race-winning AmD Tuning outfit after spending last season behind the wheel of an MG 6 GT. He ended the season 21st in the independent driver’s standings, having made up more than 90 positions from his starting spot during the season.
Having signed for AmD Tuning, Osborne expressed his delight at joining the race-winning outfit.
“I’m ecstatic about this deal,” said Osborne “and can’t wait for the new season to get underway. To be honest, it hasn’t 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 [AmD Tuning Team Principal], 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 [Hill] to learn as much as possible and make progress up the order.”
Osborne will partner Jake Hill at AmD Tuning, and alongside targeting regular points finishes, is aiming for a run at the Jack Sears Trophy in 2020.
“To regularly challenge for points finishes is the first objective and if I could then make a bid for the Jack Sears Trophy then it would be fantastic.”
Team Principal Shaun Hollamby was also pleased to have signed Osborne for 2020. He commented,
“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. 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 regularly 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 the third time.
Sam and Jake have known each other for a number of years and our hope is that they can work together to challenge for some strong results in 2020.”
AmD Tuning will reveal their livery and sponsors in the near future. Sam Osborne will make his AmD Tuning debut at the first round of the 2020 BTCC season on the 28th/29th March at Donington Park.