Team ES Racing are currently nearing the end of their second season in the British Touring Car Championship, fielding team boss Chris James and former Renault Clio Cup champion Dave Newsham. The team are fourth in the Independent standings, with Newsham solidly in the top ten for the Independent drivers. In the main championship they lie sixth overall as a team, with Newsham eighth, and James in 23rd. Following another strong weekend in Silverstone, with two podiums, Scrutineering takes a closer look at the team, their season so far, and what the fans think!
BTCC – 2011 + 2012
Chris James joined the British Touring Car Championship in 2011, driving a Chevrolet Lacetti. He had previously raced in the Fiat Racing Challenge and the Mini Challenge. Of the 28 races he contested, he finished 22 of them and his highest finish was 12th place – unfortunately not picking up any points. For the 2012 season Team ES Racing acquired two Vauxhall Vectras, previously run by the Triple Eight team, and signed up 2010 Renault Clio Cup Champion Dave Newsham. He has impressed from the word go – topping the times at the media day and securing the very first pole position of the season at Brands Hatch. Newsham scored his maiden touring car podium in race three at that meeting, and that turned out to be the first of many. He finished second at Thruxton and went on to take the team’s first ever win, at Snetterton, repeating the feat in Knockhill and finishing on the podium twice at Silverstone. The race win in Knockhill came after Newsham was selected to start from pole position in the reverse grid, and he lead from lights to flag. James is yet to finish in the top ten so far this season, with his highest finish once again twelfth, but his team-mate has demonstrated what the car can do.
BTCC Career Summary
Pole positions: 1
Fastest laps: 1
Points finishes: 27
Current championship position: Overall 6th/ Independents 4th
- First race win this season – deserved
- Kept the Vectra going
- Showing you don’t need a big budget to do well
- Distinctive yellow livery – easy to spot
- Friendly to talk to in the paddock
- Chris James got in the spirit of Knockhill last year and wore a kilt
- Hopefully they can build on this year’s results next year and win a few more races
- Their Twitter bio reads: Under funded, but with our siege mentality & never say die attitude – we’ll always live as winners! – never giving up and the good results have come eventually