After signing a deal for a full season in the TCR UK series with 2021 front-runners Power Maxed Racing, Callum Newsham will be making the switch from the Mini Challenge to Touring Car competition in 2022.
The son of former touring car race winner Dave Newsham, Callum will drive one of the team’s CUPRA TCRs, in the car previously campaigned by Andy Wilmot. His preparations begin by getting miles under his belt at the MotorSportDays LIVE event held at Silverstone on 5th & 6th November.
The chance to move from the Mini series to the more powerful and competitive front-wheel-drive TCR formula has been made possible courtesy of his backers, Norscott Coffee & Vending, Freedom Blend Premium Espresso Coffee Beans, Liqui Moly and the MacDonald Partnership. Consequently, Callum is eagerly anticipating the next chapter in his motorsport career:
“I’m super-excited to get my 2022 TCR UK season underway. The word is it’s shaping to be a very competitive championship next year and I’m looking forward to it.
“My experience in the Mini Challenge will definitely help me get up to speed quickly. I must admit that I’m aiming for podiums from the get-go…
“We will be teaming up with Power Maxed Racing, which will be very nostalgic for me as my Dad raced with them in the BTCC in 2015/16. They are a very successful team and with them around us, everything points to a successful season.
Meanwhile, Dad Dave sees the move as part of a long-term plan with the aim of title glory the ultimate goal.
“Callum has only ever driven one race car; his Mini JCW. So, the time is right to move to another formula to continue his development. I’ve been keeping my eye on TCR UK and the series is really gathering pace, so we’ve taken the plunge and purchased a CUPRA TCR.
“I didn’t have to look far for a team to run the car, Power Maxed Racing are there already and I’m delighted to confirm we’ll be joining them for the 2022 season. I didn’t talk to any other team, it had to be PMR and I really could not wish for better to look after Callum. I have fond memories of my time with them; they run a fabulous operation and have become friends. Callum is in great hands!
“The aim for next year? I think Callum is capable of podiums, for sure. He has proved to be quick when everything is working for him and he’s a clean and respected driver. I also believe the TCR car will suit his driving style. We are going to be with TCR UK for the foreseeable future – so let’s see if we can win this thing!”