Mark Blundell Motorsport will join the 2020 BTCC grid after forming a strategic partnership with Shaun Hollamby’s two-car Honda Civic Type R FK2 outfit.
The partnership means that Shaun Hollamby’s team will be rebranded from AmD Tuning Racing to MB Motorsport ahead of the new season, and the West-Thurrock based outfit hopes that teaming race-winning BTCC experience, alongside Blundell’s lengthly international motorsport experience, will continue to help lift the team further up the grid.
Mark Blundell will take up the role of Sporting Director, after making his BTCC race debut in 2019 behind the wheel of an Audi S3. It was a season which proved difficult, but by teaming up with Shaun Hollamby Blundell was thrilled to continue his involvement in the BTCC.
“I made no secret of how impressed I was with the British Touring Car Championship as a platform last year,” Blundell said. “As I found out quite clearly, it is fiercely competitive, and if you ask anyone involved, it’s that unpredictable race result that is a huge attraction.
“Last year, together with my team at our sports management and marketing agency, MB Partners, we proved the value that the series can have for several major global brands, and the forming of MB Motorsport this year will allow us to further these partnerships and build on those relationships.”
Blundell also commented on his excitement at working with Shaun Hollamby and a team which ended 2019 as the BTCC Independent team’s and driver’s champions.
He continued “Having reached this stage of my career, I love being involved in motorsport and this opportunity is a new challenge for me and one that opens channels for our managed driver portfolio at MB Partners and many of our commercial partners. I have a huge amount of respect for Shaun and his team who run an excellent operation, so working with them and forming MB Motorsport together provides us with a huge platform to build from both on and off the track.”
At the racetrack, MB Motorsport will continue to be led by Shaun Hollamby, who will continue as Team Principal. Hollamby, who raced in the 2010 BTCC season alongside appearances in 2011 and 2013 was delighted to be teaming up with Blundell.
“Working with Mark and MB Partners last year was of huge benefit to us as a team, and this announcement signals the start of a new and really exciting chapter of our time in the BTCC,” Hollamby said. “Mark found out firsthand just how tough this Championship can be, but he brought with him a new level of detail, processes and the highest of standards to our operation.
“I have known Mark for several years and we have always spoken about how we could work together – now we are finally getting the chance to do so formally. We hope that combining our pedigree within the BTCC, Mark’s experience and profile, and MB Partners’ commercial expertise can take our whole operation to a new level and it is one we cannot wait to get started with.”
With Jake Hill and Sam Osborne already signed up for the 2020 campaign, the pair will make their first on-track appearance as MB Motorsport drivers at the BTCC’s official pre-season test day at Silverstone on March 17th.