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The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation

Textar brakes key as truck racer Newell enjoys winning weekend

Date: Thursday 10 September 2020

Newell & Wright Motorsport driver John Newell raced through the grid at the first British Truck Racing Association (BTRA) weekend at Donington, with Textar brakes proving the difference.

Textar braking enables Newell to brake later and stop quicker than other drivers, and this point was more than proven as Newell made up places in every Sunday race, culminating in a first-place finish in the final race.

Newell said:

“Textar brakes were definitely the difference. I was able to out-brake the other drivers into the final corner and then carry enough speed through the straight to make up places.”

Having consolidated fifth and fourth position on the first two Saturday races, Newell went on to move from sixth to second in Sunday’s first race, employing a classic out-braking manoeuvre. In Sunday’s second race, he moved from eighth to fourth, before moving from sixth to first in the final race of the day.

The racing, taking part in very different conditions due to the coronavirus pandemic, meant that all teams had to work with just four mechanics and a driver to get the trucks prepared for a five-race schedule over Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 August at Donington Park.

“It was a strange weekend with limited numbers, but the racing was very exciting,” added Newell. “Also, the additional exposure we received on television and internet platforms means we are able to showcase the benefits of Textar brakes to a wider audience.”

John Newell’s 5-tonne MAN truck is fitted with Textar brake pads and discs and Textar is also a technical partner for the team.

Next on the BTRA calendar is a trip to Snetterton on 19 & 20 September.