Team Parker Racing is very happy to welcome Will Newnham to the team as the youngster makes his debut in the competitive Porsche Sprint Challenge GB for the 2022 season.
Will has been racing karts since the age of eight, with success in the Super One British Championship, before competing in the European Karting Championship and Benelux Championship.
In 2019 he made his debut appearance in Mini Challenge, in the JCW class, entering four rounds and quickly becoming a regular in the top-15 despite a lack of seat time compared to his rivals. He returned in 2020, securing two Graduate Cup podiums and a best overall result of eighth, at Silverstone.
As well as racing, the 20-year-old is in his final year at the University of Hertfordshire, studying Automotive and Motorsport Engineering which will help give him an insight into the mechanical side of the industry.
After a year away from competition, Will sampled the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport at last year’s taster day at Silverstone and left feeling confident about his decision to compete in the series this season.
Porsche Sprint Challenge GB 2022 calendar
Rounds 1, 2, 3 – Silverstone (British GT) – May 7/8
Rounds 4, 5 – Thruxton (TOCA) – May 28/29
Rounds 6, 7 – Croft (TOCA) – June 25/26
Rounds 8, 9 – TBC (Porsche Club GB) – TBC
Rounds 10, 11, 12 – Brands Hatch GP (British GT) – September 10/11
Rounds 13, 14, 15 – Donington Park GP (British GT) – October 15/16
“Having previously driven in Mini Challenge JCW, that only really leads to the British Touring Car Championship and my ultimate ambition is to race at Le Mans. The conversations I had with Stuart Parker illustrated the team’s goal to race there, so everything aligned nicely, and the Sprint Challenge is the best step to get onto the Porsche motorsport pyramid. For Team Parker Racing that is the lowest series they race Porsches in, going all the way up to GT3, so our ambitions match.
“I had a successful time at the Porsche taster day in November. It was my first time in a rear engine, rear wheel drive car, and it was a bit of a wakeup call! I thought I was going to come away feeling a bit anxious and nervous about driving the car, but I left with heaps of confidence and itching to get out again when the weather gets a bit better.
“I’m not going to be taking it easy – I want to get to Le Mans as quickly as possible. Hopefully, this season goes well and then I can look at the Carrera Cup or British GT Championship but still making sure that we’re progressing sensibly and for the right reasons. I also want to thank UBH Group for their continued support of my racing career.”
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