BTCC racer Newsham to run son in Mini Challenge

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Retired British Touring Car Championship racer Dave Newsham will switch to being a team boss this year, running his son Callum in this year’s Mini Challenge JCW Championship.

Newsham Sr announced his retirement from the BTCC after seven seasons this week, citing that he wanted to instead switch his attention to supporting his son’s own racing ambitions.

The pair will now compete in the top-flight Mini JCW Championship together, running one of the 265bhp turbocharged cars under their new Newsham Racing family banner.

Callum Newsham, 18, has only been racing for the last two years, competing in club karting in his native Scotland. This will be his first season of car racing.

“There’s a lot to learn for both of us,” said Dave Newsham. “I’ve had a good run with my own racing, and won a few times in the BTCC, so I consider my time there a success. But now it’s Callum’s turn to enjoy the sport and learn and I want to be right there to support him.

“I ran my own cars during the early stages of my career, but it will probably be a culture shock going back to doing the whole team boss thing!

“I have loads of front-wheel-drive experience from the BTCC and Renault Clios, and the Mini JCWs are literally like mini touring cars so they’re very relatable. We have three test days planned and I’ll drive the car to in an effort to better understand it and find a base setup.

“It’s a big year for Callum, but I’ve never forced him to follow me into motorsport. He’s the driver behind this. He’s in at the deep end as the Challenge is very competitive, but I know he’ll swim just fine.”

Newshams will join busy Mini JCW grid. Pic: Dave Young Photographics

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