Like Dad, Like Son on race circuit
CALLUM Newsham is hoping to follow in his father’s footsteps by making a big impact inBritish motor racing.
The Inverness racer is set to move up a gear in his career when hecompetes in the MINI Challenge this year.
He wants to emulate his father Dave, who announced his retirement fromthe British Touring Car Championship last week after competing for sevenyears.
Callum (18) who has made amajor impact on the Scottish Karting scene, will be racing in the JCWcategory in the MINI Challenge under Newsham Racing, which is being run by his dad.
The teenager said racing in the competition would be the biggestchallenge of his career, but one to which he is prepared to give fullthrottle to achieve success.
“I love going fast, competing against other people and the feeling ofwanting to win,” he said.
“I will be competing against 30 other cars on the grid and each of themwill have 265 brake horsepower.
“I’ve been chucked into the deep end and it will be my first timedriving a proper race car. But I am looking forward to taking part inthe competition.”
Dad Dave is a two-time BTCC race winner and finished his final season inthe championship with BTC Norlin. But now he is now looking forward to anew chapter of his racing career managing the team from the pitside andgive Callum advice on howto achieve success.
“We’re going to set up as our own team and I’ll run the car,” he said.“We’ve bought a JCW and we’ll have three tests where I’ll drive the carto find a base setup. Then Callum will be gaining the vast majority of miles to get ready for the season.
“He’s in at the deep end but I know he’ll swim just fine. There’s nopressure on Callum and I’venever forced him to follow in my footsteps with racing.
“In recent years he’s become more and more interested and this year he’schamping at the bit to get into cars, so the MINI series is the perfectfit. It’ll be an exciting season with a lot to learn for both of us.”
Despite receiving no pressure from his father, Callum said he couldn’t help but be inspired to get into motor racing becauseof what Dave had achieved.
Callum started kart racingwhen he was 15, regularly competing at the Littleferry Racing Circuit atGolspie, where he achieved a lot of success, as well as elsewhere aroundthe country.
He also followed his father throughout the UK and Ireland when hecompeted behind the wheel.
He hopes that with Dave’s help and advice, he too can also race in theBTCC championship one day.
Callum said: “He will tellme how everything works and do all the mechanics on the car during theseason. He’ll have has work cut out but I think it will be a successfulyear.”
Callum said while heexpected it to be a tough debut season, he hopes it will be thespringboard to further success.
“I would like to finish at least in the top 10,” he said. “Once I getcomfortable behind the wheel I reckon I should be OK.
“There will be a few experienced racers on the grid and it will be goodto know how I compare to them.”