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Milltek Sport exhaust to be used on the first Volkwagen Golf in the BTCC for more than 20 years

First VW Golf in BTCC for more than 20 years uses Milltek exhaust: click to enlargeOne of Milltek's top UK distributors, AmD Essex are entering the 2010 British Touring Car Championship (BTCC). The really interesting news is that our chosen car is a VW Golf, a manufacturer unseen in the BTCC arena for over 20 years.

"We are really proud to be bringing the Volkswagen name back into top-line touring cars. We have been working on a plan to move up to the BTCC arena after winning the Dunlop Sportmaxx Cup in 2009 and a BTCC VW Golf is a perfect fit," said AmD's Shaun Hollamby. "The VW Golf is one of the UK's most popular cars and it would be great to see hordes of VW Golf owners cheering us on throughout the year!"

Further team sponsors will be announced over the coming months.

Hollamby will be the main driver and Simon Shaw, who won the Dunlop Sportmaxx title for AmD, is trying to raise the necessary budget to campaign the car at selected rounds of the championship.

The car is based on a MK5 VW Golf shell with a 2.0 16V normally aspirated power unit with a competitive 285bhp. Sadev sequential gearbox, KW competition suspension, Milltek exhaust, HJS Sports catalytic converter and Alcon brake and clutch parts complete the performance package.

"Starting with a new car package, we expect 2010 to be a gradual development season but I am confident I can get a few competitive results. Winning races is not a realistic target at this stage but, having won races in every series in which I have competed, I would like to think I can hold my own at this level," said Hollamby.

The AmD BTCC Golf will be on display at the Autosport and Pistonheads Show next weekend in Birmingham.

The first round of the 2010 Dunlop BTCC takes place at Thruxton, Hants in April.