BTCC race winner Dave Newsham will drive a Speedworks Motorsport-prepared Toyota Avensis in the 2013 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, it was confirmed today.
The former Clio Cup Champion will race in the colours of Hughes Safety Showers and Speedworks, with additional backing from No Fear Extreme Energy and Newsham's own vending services company, Coffeedrops.
The 45-year-old, who drove a Team ES Racing Vauxhall S2000 car in 2012 claiming race victories at Snetterton and Knockhill, is excited to be joining Speedworks and to be racing the Avensis, which he tested for the first time last month at Donington Park.
“It was a good test, and it gave me the chance to see how the Speedworks engineers work,” he remarked. “I have every faith in the team and its staff that they are going to deliver me a quick car and that we will work together well. There's no reason why we shouldn't be right at the sharp end.
“I have to say a massive thank you to Tony Hughes for his help in putting me in a great car for the coming season. Tony has done a great job driving for Speedworks for the last two seasons and without his help I don't think that I would have been able to do this deal. The Hughes Safety Showers name will be loud and proud on the Toyota.”
Welcoming him to the Speedworks squad, team principal Christian Dick added: “We have tried to do something with Dave for the last couple of years but for one reason or another it hasn't come off. Finally pulling it off for 2013 is great and we are excited for the potential results.
“Dave is no slouch - he's proved his pace this season, kept out of trouble and scored some good results. He will be one of the front-running drivers next year and we are all very excited about working with him.”
Speedworks also has another Avensis seat to fill for the coming season and Dick hopes to be able to announce the identity of Newsham's running mate soon.
A number of drivers have been linked to the other seat, including Paul O'Neill, who did two rounds with the team last year, while Lea Wood tested on same day as Newsham at Donington and Carl Broadley ran at Snetterton.