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Dave Newsham to race Speedworks Toyota in the BTCC

Newsham to race Speedworks ToyotaBritish Touring Car race winner Dave Newsham will drive a Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis in 2013 after signing with the squad.

Newsham took two wins on his way to ninth in the 2012 standings, driving an ES Racing S2000 Vauxhall Vectra.

The 45-year-old tested with the squad at Donington Park last month and has now been confirmed at the team for next season.

"It was a good test and it gave me the chance to see how the Speedworks engineers work," said Newsham.

"I have every faith the team are going to deliver me a quick car and that we will work well together. There's no reason why we shouldn't be right at the sharp end.

"I have to say a massive thank you to [2011-2012 Speedworks driver] Tony Hughes - without his help I don't think I would have been able to do this deal."

Team boss Christian Dick said: "We have tried to do something with Dave for the last couple of years but it hasn't come off. Finally pulling it off for 2013 is great and we are excited for the potential results.

"Dave has proved his pace this season, kept out of trouble and scored some good results. He will be one of the frontrunning drivers next year."

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