//We're proud to announce a new sponsor

// Published by Brian

Friday 01st March 2019

// Thompson inks new deal with AMT Vehicle Solutions.

Bobby's 2019 season sees another new sponsor in the form of AMT Vehicle Group


Second year Kwik Fit MSA British Touring Car Championship star Bobby Thompson is delighted to announce a new partnership with AMT Vehicle Solutions for the 2019 season.

AMT Vehicle Solutions, one of the UK’s most prestigious, dynamic and specialised vehicle supply and management groups, will partner 22 year-old BTCC fan favourite Thompson’s #19 Team HARD outfit in Britain’s premier domestic race series.

“I’m delighted to be able to welcome the AMT Group into the Kwik Fit MSA British Touring Car Championship as part of the #19 Team,” says Thompson. “AMT are a prestigious brand and they are joining the most prestigious championship in the country. Having them as a crucial part of our team this year will be a major boost as I look for my first BTCC podium finish.

“I was invited up to the AMT Group headquarters to meet the team and I was amazed at the range of vehicles available and the amount of different options they have for their customers,” continued Thompson, who is one of the current crop of BRDC Rising Stars and also works as a fully qualified ARDS Race Instructor. “Everyone likes to drive in style and thanks to AMT I will be driving in style on and off the track.”

In addition to having a significant presence on Thompson’s familiar #19 Team HARD VW CC, AMT Vehicle Solutions will also provide the 2017 VW Cup Series Champion with his own personal road transport for the 2019 season with one of their highly sought after Mercedes A Class’.

Ian Dunn, AMT’s commercial director commented: “On both a business and personal level I’m delighted to be able to partner with Bobby Thompson and Team Hard this season. I’ve been a huge fan of British Touring Cars for years, like many of my colleagues, but this partnership also provides AMT with a great opportunity to reach an audience that is a perfect fit for our business. We look forward to seeing Bobby become an established and successful competitor through the 2019 season”

The ever popular Thompson earned a brace of top ten finishes during his rookie season in 2018 and as the UK’s longest running championship prepares to enter its 61st season of competition, the driver known throughout the paddock as ‘Bobster’ says that 2019 is the perfect time for the AMT Group to make their debut as a BTCC sponsor.

“The team have been working tirelessly all winter to make the improvements we all know we need to make,” added Thompson, who finished fifth in last year’s Dunlop Forever Forward standings. “We have already conducted the first full shakedown of our VW CC at Brands Hatch and I could instantly feel a major difference in the car and I’m confident that I can challenge for regular top ten finishes and more this year. I have been with Team HARD for four years now and we have never been better prepared than we are now to cause a real stir.”


About AMT Group

AMT been around for over 24 years, providing vehicle solutions to businesses and private individuals. They are accredited by the BVRLA – the UK’s independent vehicle rental and leasing body – so customers can be assured they’re dealing with an honest and transparent business. They also partner with a range of different funders so can remain impartial and work with you to get the best deal possible. So, whether you’re looking to rent, lease or buy, or indeed a blend of all three, AMT can help.



About Bobby Thompson

Bobby Thompson is a 22 year-old professional racing driver who is also qualified as a professional driver coach, working with motor manufacturers and established racing teams to help aspiring future racing drivers improve on their driving techniques, data analysis and driving skills. He has been racing since the age of nine and is the 2017 VW Cup Series Champion. Supporters can keep up to date with Bobby’s progress through on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and via his official website www.bobbythompsonracing.co.uk.


About Team Hard

Team Hard came into existence in early 2012 due to the high interest and demand in race days and corporate activities being organised and operated by former British Touring Car Championship driver, Tony Gilham. Tony Gilham has been involved in British motorsport every year since 2005.

From small beginnings, Team HARD now manages and oversees the running of multiple cars in the Volkswagen Cup, Ginetta Supercup, Britcar Endurance Championship and the crown-jewel Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

In addition to their expanding race team, Team HARD currently manages and assists with the careers of more than 20 aspiring professional racing drivers and claimed championship honours in the prestigious British GT4 championship in 2016 prior to Thompson’s emphatic title-winning campaign in the VW Cup Championship the following year.


About the Kwik Fit MSA British Touring Car Championship

Established in 1958 the ever popular BTCC is the UK’s longest running motorsport championship and the third longest continual running race series in the world behind the Formula One World Championship and NASCAR Cup Series. Held over ten weekends at Britain’s most popular race circuits, each one of the 30 races that make up the season is screened LIVE on ITV 4 with extensive highlights packages shown in more than 20 different countries including the United States.


From left to right


Richard Marks

Group Retail Sales Manager


Jonathan Pearce

Group Head of Marketing


Ben Craven

Operations Manager


Bobby Thompson

BTCC Driver


Ian Dunn

Group Commercial Director


Ian Wright

Head of Leasing