Successful weekend at Rockingham for AmD Milltek

Successful weekend at Rockingham for AmD Milltek click to enlargeAmD Milltek enjoyed a successful weekend as the 2010 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship visited Rockingham in Northamptonshire, earning more points in the Independent Team class and the first point in the Independent Driver’s class for Shaun Hollamby.

Hollamby, from Orpington, was delighted with the progress made with the team’s VW Golf since their debut at Thruxton three weeks ago. “We’ve eradicated the driveshaft problems by re-positioning the engine”, he explained, “and the new suspension geometry that we’ve developed helped me to hang on to the rest of the pack in the early stages of the races, which I wasn’t able to do at Thruxton”.

Further adjustments made after the first practice session at Rockingham brought a half-second improvement for Hollamby, who ended up 18th of the 20 entries in the second session but a break in the Golf’s wiring loom meant that he was unable to set a time in qualifying.

Starting from the back of the grid, Hollamby took full advantage of the Golf’s improved handling and reliability to take the chequered flag in 14th place, earning him his first point in the Independent Drivers’ class.

Race 2 was to be short lived for Hollamby, who was the victim of bunching on the opening lap (see photo below). A shove from the Vauxhall Vectra of James Nash sent the Golf spinning into the BMW of Arthur Forster, damaging the driver’s side door and leaving Hollamby with no alternative but to limp back to the pits.

Hollamby paid tribute to the hard work of his team of mechanics for their efforts in getting the car back out onto the grid for the final race of the day and he rewarded them with another solid drive to 14th place.

The British Touring Car Championship moves on to Hollamby’s local circuit, Brands Hatch, next weekend and he is relishing the challenge. “I’m looking forward to my home race, where we will again be chasing three race finishes. There should be a couple more entries to the championship at Brands and our end of the grid is becoming quite competitive”.

AmD Milltek will be supporting the appeal at Brands Hatch. This is a fund that has been set up by the parents of a little girl called Libby Lee, who has Cerebral Palsy. Their aim is to raise £55,000 to send Libby to the USA for a life changing operation. The appeal has raised £47,000 so far.

Libby is a fellow pupil of Shaun Hollamby’s daughter at Green St. Green Primary in Orpington and AmD Milltek have helped, in a small way, by providing raceday hospitality which has been auctioned to raise funds. A collection will also be made at Brands Hatch throughout the weekend.