Smal­ley wins

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Adam Smal­ley won the Ju­nior Max Ro­tax Win­ter Cup Fi­nal in Va­len­cia ear­lier this month af­ter fel­low Bri­ton Mark Kim­ber was pe­nalised. Straw­berry Rac­ing driver Kim­ber grabbed the lead from his team-mate Axel Char­p­en­tier on the fi­nal lap but as the pair bat­tled in the fi­nal chi­cane, Kim­ber was forced off the track. De­spite tak­ing the flag, both Kim­ber and Char­p­en­tier were later pe­nalised, hand­ing Smal­ley the win. There was more Bri­tish suc­cess in the DD2 Fi­nal as Ed Brand mas­tered the wet weather to take the win.

Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship race win­ner Dave New­sham will switch to the MSA Bri­tish Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship this sea­son with Power Maxed Rac­ing.

New­sham will race the Ford Fi­esta Supercar that team prin­ci­pal Adam Weaver had orig­i­nally planned to drive him­self in the se­ries.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to a great sea­son in Bri­tish Ral­ly­cross,” said the 2014 BTCC Jack Sears Tro­phy win­ner, who first ex­pe­ri­enced ral­ly­cross by rac­ing a Citroen Saxo in the Ral­ly­cross Grand Prix in 2014.

“I love watch­ing the ac­tion on TV, it’s one of the most ex­cit­ing forms of mo­tor­sport there is. I had the plea­sure of sam­pling it for my­self at the 2014 GP, and that got me hooked.

“I re­ally en­joyed work­ing with Power Maxed last year and I am de­lighted to be re­main­ing part of the fam­ily and look­ing for­ward to a long fu­ture with the team. It’ll take a bit of get­ting used to as I’ve spent the last few sea­sons try­ing to avoid the gravel, but get­ting be­hind the wheel of a 600bhp mon­ster is go­ing to be fan­tas­tic, I can’t wait to get go­ing!”

Power Maxed boss Weaver says the team will use its re­cently ac­quired Ford Fi­esta in 2016 be­fore build­ing new cars for next year.

“It’s great news for the team that Dave has agreed to take a sab­bat­i­cal from the BTCC to help Power Maxed Rac­ing in our de­vel­op­ment year in Bri­tish Ral­ly­cross,” said Weaver. “I was plan­ning to drive my­self but when the op­por­tu­nity arose to put Dave in the seat, it was one not to be missed. I’m in­cred­i­bly pas­sion­ate about ral­ly­cross and its po­ten­tial, and bring­ing a proven name like Dave is not only good news for us, but good news for the cham­pi­onship.

“We are tak­ing a phased ap­proach into the se­ries, this year we will be en­ter­ing a proven car be­fore go­ing on to build our own cars for 2017.”

New­sham will han­dle Fi­esta New­sham has left the BTCC

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