Dave Newsham will make a switch to the AmDTuning squad for the 2014 BTCC season, driving the team’s newly-purchased Ford Focus.
The Inverness driver will therefore compete under his fourth BTCC outfit since 2011, the former Renault Clio Cup UK champion switching from Speedworks Motorsport after a winless 2013 campaign to join the AmDTuning team which will compete using an NGTC machine for the first time since their debut in 2010.
A former double BTCC race winner in 2012, Newsham offered his personal best wishes to the Speedworks squad he will depart from, but said that his new partnership with Shaun Hollamby‘s AmD squad should become ‘a marriage made in heaven’.
“It’s two announcements here, first the announcement that I am moving on from Speedworks, with whom I have enjoyed working during the 2013 season. I wish them well for the future,” said Newsham.
“Looking ahead, I can hardly wait to get started with my new team AmD, and there are many reasons why AmD was top of my list for 2014. Shaun Hollamby, team principle of AmD is a former BTCC driver; he knows exactly what it is like to be in my shoes. I respect him highly, and he runs a very professional operation with very experienced personnel, some of whom I have worked with before.
“We will be running an ex-Motorbase (Airwaves) NGTC Ford Focus. The car is very developed, and was seen regularly on the podium towards the end of the 2013 season. So in essence, the whole package should be a marriage made in heaven.”
Newsham’s new seat will be in AmD’s newly-acquired NGTC Ford Focus, originally owned by Motorbase. Hollamby’s squad completed the deal last week, recently receiving a TBL licence from TOCA to confirm their place on the BTCC grid for next season
Team boss Hollamby added his delight at securing Newsham to drive the new machine, saying: “AmDtuning.com is delighted to have Dave Newsham in the driving seat of our Ford Focus in the 2014 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
“The level of competition on the grid means that every element of the team has to be at a very high level to succeed and Dave has shown race winning speed and race craft since entering the BTCC. AmDtuning.com is looking forward to providing him with the tools to be a regular podium contender.“
Both Newsham and AmDTuning’s Ford Focus are scheduled to be present at Autosport’s International Show at the NEC in Birmingham in January.