Renault Clio Cup 2016 champion Ant Whorton-Eales is “delighted” to join AmD tuning for the 2017 season of the British Touring Car Championship.
The Staffordshire driver, from Lichfield, will be driving an Audi S3 alongside Ollie Jackson who is returning for a second year with the team.
Whorton-Eales has also shown his talents behind the wheel of a BTCC car in previous tests and will sample AmD Tuning’s Audi S3 for the first time when pre-season testing gets underway.
“It’s no secret I wanted to move into BTCC this season and we’ve spent a lot of time looking at the various options that were available.
“Once we spoke to Shaun about his plans with the second Audi, the deal was a very easy one to do and it was all wrapped up within a day.
“I’m delighted to be able to confirm my place on the touring car grid, and I think that I’ve made a good choice in AmD Tuning for my first season.
“The team has plenty of experience and there is a lot of potential in the Audi that I aim to benefit from.”
Ex BTCC racer and team boss Shaun Hollamby said: “From the moment we confirmed we would have a second car on the grid, we’ve spoken to a number of drivers who were keen to join us for 2017, and we’re delighted to have been able to do a deal with Ant to fill the seat.
“Even before winning the Clio title last year, he had shown his potential on track and we’re confident he will be a strong addition to the grid this year.
“Alongside Ollie Jackson, Ant gives us a strong partnership for our first full season as a two-car BTCC team and we go into 2017 with our focus firmly on fighting for regular points and on pushing towards the top ten.”