Dave Newsham has announced his retirement from the BTCC.
Newsham joined the TOCA package late in 2008 in the Renault Clio Cup and won the Clio Cup title in 2010 with Team Pyro. In 2011, he graduated to the BTCC with Geoff Steel Racing, scoring a point in his very first race.
Although he never won the overall championship, Newsham is a multiple race winner and popular driver who raced for various teams including Speedworks, AMD, and Power Maxed Racing.
A brief foray into Rally Cross in 2016 was cut short when Newham returned to Power Maxed Racing to replace Kelvin Fletcher and in 2017 he secured a seat with newcomers BTC Norlin.
Newsham admitted that he was planning to retire after the 2016 season, but the offer to drive for the Norlin team was one he could not refuse. At Silverstone, Newsham was able to secure Norlin’s only podium first taking the third spot in race three.
Retirement for Dave Newsham will not be a complete bow out from motorsport. Like many racing Fathers, he is stepping back to enjoy his son’s career as Callum Newsham embarks on life racing Karts.
Dave Newsham will be missed in the Paddock, as a driver who has time for fans and whose followers are known as Newsham Nutters, his retirement leaves a gap I hope the 2018 season’s newcomers are able to fill.
BTC Norlin driver line up
Chris Smiley has confirmed that he will continue to race with BTC Norlin, who have switched from Cheverlot Cruze’s to Honda’s Civics. Who will replace Dave Newsham as the team’s second driver is still to be confirmed.