Dave Newsham

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Dave Newsham
Dave newsham silverstone2012.JPG
Nationality British
Born (1967-07-07) 7 July 1967 (age 49)
Carmarthen (Wales)
British Touring Car Championship career
Debut season 2011
Current team Power Maxed Racing
Car no. 17
Former teams AmD Tuning.com
Speedworks Motorsport
Team ES Racing
Geoff Steel Racing
Special Tuning Racing
Starts 150
Wins 2
Poles 1
Fastest laps 2
Best finish 9th in 2012
Previous series
2008–10
2010
Renault Clio Cup UK
Ginetta G50 Cup
Championship titles
2014
2010
Jack Sears Trophy
Renault Clio Cup UK

David Newsham (born 7 July 1967 in Carmarthen) is a British auto racing driver and businessman. He is the managing director of Norscott Vending. He has been racing in the British Touring Car Championship since 2011, but in 2016, he competed in the British Rallycross Championship.

Racing career[edit]

Renault Clio Cup UK[edit]

He joined the TOCA tour in 2008, competing in the final two rounds of the Renault Clio Cup UK. This led to a full season in 2009, driving for Amery Motorsport. He scored one race win at Silverstone and finished fifth on points at the end of the season. In 2010, he switched to Team Pyro and dominated the series, winning the championship title with twelve race wins.

British Touring Car Championship[edit]

Geoff Steel Racing and STR (2011)[edit]

In 2011, Newsham stepped up to the British Touring Car Championship. Newsham started the season driving for Geoff Steel Racing, with a Super 2000 BMW 320si.[1] He scored a point in his first race at Brands Hatch, but a disappointing weekend at Donington Park which included two retirements prompted him to leave the team.

After leaving Geoff Steel Racing, Newsham drove a NGTC SEAT León for Special Tuning Racing.[2] In his first race for the team at Oulton Park, he set the fastest lap and scored points in race three. He started on pole position for the reversed grid race at Snetterton but fell down the order to 8th at the end after taking wheel damage. He finished the season 15th in the Drivers Championship, four places down on his teammate despite having missed the round at Thruxton.

Newsham driving for Team ES Racing at Thruxton in the 2012 BTCC season.

Team ES Racing (2012)[edit]

In 2012, Newsham switched to an ex-Triple Eight Race Engineering S2000 spec Vauxhall Vectra run by Team ES Racing.[3] He achieved his first pole position at Brands Hatch at the start of the season, setting his time during the middle of the session and stayed at the top of the timesheet. He was in contention for the win in race 1 until Jason Plato made contact with him and he retired. He took a third place podium finish in the final race of the day. He scored his second best result of the season at Thruxton when he finished second in the first race. Newsham won his first BTCC race in the third race at Snetterton, and added to his race wins with a lights to flag victory in the third race at Knockhill, his 'local' circuit. He secured his sixth podium of the season at Silverstone in the second race, having already finished second in the first race of the day. Newsham finished the season 9th in the drivers' standings and 6th in the Independents' Trophy. To Crown a first full competitive season in the BTCC, Newsham received the official BTCC fans' Driver of the year award.

Speedworks Motorsport (2013)[edit]

Newsham tested for Speedworks Motorsport at Donington Park on 29 November 2012.[4] On 20 December, it was confirmed that he would join the team for the 2013 season. He finished 10th in the standings.

AmD (2014)[edit]

Dave Newsham signed up with AmD and drove their NGTC Ford Focus for the 2014 campaign, finishing 17th overall with a best result of 2nd.

Power Maxed Racing (2015–2016)[edit]

Dave Newsham signed for Power Maxed Racing in 2015 and drove their Chevorlet Cruze. He achieved a pair of 4th place finishes during the year and finished 16th in the championship standings.

Unable to secure the budget for Touring Cars in 2016, Dave ventured into the British Rallycross Championship, again driving for Power Maxed Racing. Halfway through the season, he was recalled to their Touring Car programme for two rounds only to fill in for Kelvin Fletcher. He managed a 7th place at his home race at Knockhill and 9th at Rockingham. He placed 22nd in the standings.

BTC Norlin Racing (2017–)[edit]

Dave Newsham signed for BTC Norlin Racing in 2017, again driving the Chevorlet Cruze.

Racing record[edit]

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1 point awarded in first race) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap – 1 point awarded all races) (* signifies that driver lead race for at least one lap – 1 point given all races)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Pos Pts
2011 Geoff Steel Racing BMW 320si BRH
1

10
BRH
2

11
BRH
3

11
DON
1

Ret
DON
2

15
DON
3

Ret
THR
1
THR
2
THR
3
15th 31
Special Tuning Racing SEAT León OUL
1

12
OUL
2

17
OUL
3

8
CRO
1

19
CRO
2

8
CRO
3

10
SNE
1

10
SNE
2

7
SNE
3

8*
KNO
1

15
KNO
2

12
KNO
3

11
ROC
1

Ret
ROC
2

Ret
ROC
3

15
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

17
BRH
3

11
SIL
1

6
SIL
2

4
SIL
3

Ret
2012 Team ES Racing.com Vauxhall Vectra BRH
1

Ret*
BRH
2

9
BRH
3

3
DON
1

7
DON
2

4
DON
3

Ret*
THR
1

2
THR
2

6
THR
3

18
OUL
1

Ret
OUL
2

10
OUL
3

Ret
CRO
1

Ret
CRO
2

12
CRO
3

16
SNE
1

DSQ
SNE
2

8
SNE
3

1*
KNO
1

11
KNO
2

10
KNO
3

1*
ROC
1

12
ROC
2

15
ROC
3

Ret
SIL
1

2
SIL
2

3
SIL
3

Ret
BRH
1

7
BRH
2

Ret
BRH
3

6
9th 202
2013 Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

9
BRH
3

Ret
DON
1

9
DON
2

7
DON
3

Ret
THR
1

8
THR
2

12
THR
3

9
OUL
1

8
OUL
2

6
OUL
3

14
CRO
1

Ret
CRO
2

9
CRO
3

5
SNE
1

18
SNE
2

8
SNE
3

Ret
KNO
1

11
KNO
2

10
KNO
3

Ret
ROC
1

8
ROC
2

7
ROC
3

8
SIL
1

10
SIL
2

8
SIL
3

6
BRH
1

11
BRH
2

4
BRH
3

6
10th 176
2014 AmD Tuning.com Ford Focus ST Mk.III BRH
1

17
BRH
2

16
BRH
3

9
DON
1

12
DON
2

9
DON
3

17
THR
1

Ret
THR
2

22
THR
3

14
OUL
1

17
OUL
2

Ret
OUL
3

DNS
CRO
1

11
CRO
2

Ret
CRO
3

16
SNE
1

26
SNE
2

16
SNE
3

15
KNO
1

9
KNO
2

8
KNO
3

2
ROC
1

16
ROC
2

18
ROC
3

10
SIL
1

22
SIL
2

17
SIL
3

14
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

17
BRH
3

12
17th 70
2015 Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Cruze 4dr BRH
1

17
BRH
2

15
BRH
3

9
DON
1

6
DON
2

11
DON
3

Ret
THR
1

Ret
THR
2

12
THR
3

12
OUL
1

10
OUL
2

DNS
OUL
3

18
CRO
1

15
CRO
2

13
CRO
3

11
SNE
1

8
SNE
2

Ret
SNE
3

14
KNO
1

18
KNO
2

12
KNO
3

11
ROC
1

12
ROC
2

Ret
ROC
3

Ret
SIL
1

4
SIL
2

Ret
SIL
3

DNS
BRH
1

26
BRH
2

4
BRH
3

Ret
16th 95
2016 Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Cruze BRH
1
BRH
2
BRH
3
DON
1
DON
2
DON
3
THR
1
THR
2
THR
3
OUL
1
OUL
2
OUL
3
CRO
1
CRO
2
CRO
3
SNE
1
SNE
2
SNE
3
KNO
1

7
KNO
2

14
KNO
3

11
ROC
1

9
ROC
2

11
ROC
3

Ret
SIL
1
SIL
2
SIL
3
BRH
1
BRH
2
BRH
3
22nd 28

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