8:00am Saturday 19th October 2013
By Andrew Simpson
SPEEDWORKS Motorsport savoured their best race result of the season during the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship’s final round at Brands Hatch on Sunday.
Dave Newsham matched the Northwich outfit’s previous highest finish when he placed fourth at the end of the second sprint, a drive that secured for him 10th position in the drivers’ championship.
He also delivered for Speedworks, in tandem with teammate Ollie Jackson, the biggest points haul of the campaign on a race day in both the HiQ Teams Championship and the Independents Team Trophy.
“We wanted to finish on a high and I think we managed to,” said team principal Christian Dick.
“For the second successive meeting, there has been a Speedworks car at the sharp end holding its own against the front-runners on track.
“That gives us great heart considering the improvement in performance has come from making significant set-up changes on a race weekend, and adjusting those accordingly as we go along.”
Newsham, quickest driver in the first free practice session on Saturday with Jackson a close second, celebrated a personal best finish in his Toyota Avensis in race two.
He had struggled for front-end grip in race one, finishing it where he had qualified – in 11th place.
The 46-year-old, his machine carrying success ballast, followed that with sixth in the finale.
He said: “There have been some frustrating moments earlier in the year, so it’s great to finish the season strongly and being competitive. It’s not bad to finish tenth overall in the drivers’ championship either.”
Jackson almost concluded the campaign as he had started it; with a top 10 finish at Brands. However he had to settle for 11th in race three after chasing Jason Plato (MG KX Momentum Racing M6) during the closing stages.
His involvement in race one ended early with a broken driveshaft, while the 29-year-old climbed seven places from his starting position to claim 13th place in race two.
Speedworks complete their third full season in the series placed fifth in the Independents Team Trophy and seventh in the HiQ Teams Championship, both a significant improvement on last year.
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