Dave Newsham has joined the Power Maxed Racing team for the new British Touring Car Championship season and says he is 'over the moon' with the agreement.

The Inverness-based driver lifted the Jack Sears Trophy in 2014, which recognises the number of positions gained over the season, driving the AmDTuning.com Ford Focus. However, it was an otherwse difficult year for the former race winner, finishing down in 17th overall with just a single podium.

For 2015, Newsham will compete under new ownership at Power Maxed Racing and will be behind the wheel of the Chevrolet Cruze Saloon car.

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"I'm over the moon to be racing with Power Maxed Racing in 2015," Newsham said. "The teams' professionalism and its new ownership are fantastic. Adam Weaver and I have discussed our objectives at great length and we are both heading in the same direction.

"I believe we will have a great platform for success in 2015. There are some exciting plans that will be revealed over the next few weeks that will mean we are at the sharp end getting more exposure for our sponsors."

Power Maxed Racing team principal Adam Weaver says securing Newsham is a key component for the team's 2015 campaign and thanked former owner Chris Stockton for his hard work getting to the team to where they are now.

"Signing Dave is an important part of our master-plan for 2015," Weaver said. "Dave is an exceptional racer, you only have to look at his track record and race wins, podiums and the Jack Sears Trophy to see why signing Dave was a no brainer.

"Chris Stockton has given us a great platform, he did lots of hard yards last year to enable us to hit the ground running this season. It is important to note that without Chris and his input, we would be nowhere."