Dave Newsham says he is 'absolutely delighted' to clinch his and AmD Tuning's first BTCC podium of the season after resisting the challenge of Colin Turkington in race three.
Following a highly productive post-Snetterton test, Newsham's on track fortunes finally turned at Knockhill with a trio of top ten finishes – culminating in a superb second place in race three – despite having qualified 16th on the grid in what has so far been a trying season for Inverness racer.
Newsham produced a magnificent race three drive in difficult circumstances following the recent passing of his mother during the week leading up to the race.
The former BTCC race-winner refused to buckle under the colossal WSR threat led by Turkington behind having already put manners on former double-champion, Fabrizio Giovanardi earlier in the race to record his first podium since Silverstone 2012.
Newsham admits Knockhill has been first the event where he and his AmD Tuning squad have been in position to the finally utilise their Ford Focus machines true pace.
"I'm absolutely delighted to get a podium from this weekend," said Newsham. "We've shown we have the pace on more than one occasion this season but for various reasons, we've never been in a position to really make it pay.
“Here, we did that in the first two races and then in race three, I was able to make two strong passes to get into second place and then just had to hold on.
"Getting ahead of Fabrizio early on was key and then when I got through past Nick, I knew I had to push as hard as I could. Colin put me under huge pressure towards the end and I knew he was coming, but there was no way he was going to get through.
"The last few days have been hugely difficult, but taking part in the races has really helped me to deal with what has happened. I'm sure that my mum will be looking down on me and will be proud of what we have achieved this weekend. Who knows, maybe she helped me a little bit along the way."
AmD Tuning team boss Shaun Hollamby says Newsham's second place feels like a win after the season his squad has endured.
"That is like a win for us; it tops everything that has come before," said Hollamby.
"This result stems from the work we did at the test at Snetterton and this weekend, the team has done a great job and Dave has been fantastic behind the wheel – especially in the circumstances.”