2015 marks Speedworks Motorsport’s fifth year competing in the British Touring Car Championship. Five years competing at the top level of British motorsport also means five visits to the team’s home circuit of Oulton Park.
With the series annual visit to the North West just around the corner, there is no better time to look back at the team’s previous home appearances.
It was all change for Speedworks Motorsport in 2013 with Tony Hughes stepping aside to sponsor the team’s two cars after two years racing, and Adam Morgan returning to his family team, a brand new driver pairing lined up in the team’s two Toyota Avensis NGTC cars.
After a brace of race victories in 2012, 2010 Renault Clio Cup champion Dave Newsham joined the team for his first season behind the wheel of a full current-spec touring car.
In the team’s second entry was Ollie Jackson. Jackson had an impressive record of scoring points in each of his 40 Porsche Carrera Cup GB starts on the BTCC support package before moving into touring cars in 2012. Like Newsham, 2013 marked his first touring car season in an NGTC machine.
The season began in a great way for Jackson with a top ten finish in the first round of the season. Newsham meanwhile retired from round one but would go on to score points in every race he finished prior to Oulton Park.
Jackson meanwhile endured what he described as ‘rotten luck’, failing to score in the rounds since the Brands Hatch opener.
Prior to their home race, Speedworks Motorsport spent two days testing at Pembrey and Donington Park. Despite scoring points in seven out of the first nine races of the season, the team were keen to find more pace.
Those two days on track seemed to be just what the doctor ordered for the team as they scored their best qualifying position to date, fourth and fastest independent with Dave Newsham, in front of the home town crowd at Oulton Park.
Newsham would go on to take a trio of points finishes, two in the top ten, for the second round in succession whilst Ollie Jackson returned to the points board during the weekend with an impressive recovery in the final race.
Despite spinning early on, the Reigate-born driver passed nine cars to come home 15th in the vast 25-car field in race three.
Words: Dominik Wilde, Images: Matt Sayle