The AmDTuning.com team will aim to build on the success it enjoyed at Knockhill when the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season continues at Rockingham this weekend.
The West Thurrock-based team secured a stunning first podium finish in the series during the Scottish event, with Inverness racer Dave Newsham producing his most impressive performance of the season to bring his Ford Focus home in second place in race three.
It capped an impressive weekend on track after two earlier top ten finishes, with Dave’s performance being made all the more remarkable given that it came just days after the death of his mother - to whom he dedicated his results.
With the team having come of age during the seventh round of the season, Dave will now seek to impress again when the championship heads for Rockingham and the first of back-to-back events in Northamptonshire.
Boosted by his first podium of the campaign, Dave heads into the event in confident mood and will hope to add to his impressive Knockhill points haul to make further progress up the championship standings.
“The podium at Knockhill was a massive result for us,” he said. "We showed the pace we have in the car, and to run at the front and keep [championship leader] Colin Turkington at bay was a huge boost.
"We’re heading for Rockingham in high spirits as a result, and I’m hopeful we can have another strong weekend. It’s a circuit I enjoy and one that should suit the Focus.
"Knockhill showed how important it is to stay out of trouble and while I don’t think we’ll have the pace to qualify at the front, we’ll aim to chip away at it during the races and work our way forwards as we did in Scotland.
“My confidence is on a high and I can’t wait to get back in the car.”
Team boss Shaun Hollamby meanwhile said he was keen for the AmDTuning.com team to again show what it is capable of when it hits the track in Corby.
“Knockhill was the kind of weekend we’ve been waiting for all season, and gives a real idea of what the team is capable of,” he said. "We were able to stay out of trouble, the boys did a great job on the car and Dave was fantastic behind the wheel. Everything came together and we were able to benefit from it
"The aim now is to try and repeat that at Rockingham. Although the circuit is very different to Knockhill, we’re confident that the work we’ve carried out on the Focus will allow us to run towards the top ten. If we can stay out of trouble in the first two races and benefit from the reverse grid again then who knows, maybe another top three result could be possible.
“Our first podium was a fantastic achievement and has given us a real boost. We can’t wait to get back out on track again this weekend.”