Daytona (LMP2), Bathurst (GT Class) and now spotted at the Nurburgring (DTM) behind the wheel of an RS5 Harrison Newey is pushing the limits once again. The 21 year old British driver and reigning LMP2 Class Winner at Rolex 24 at Daytona joined the final day of DTM pre-season testing at the Nurburgring in June.
Newey is getting an entire day of running behind the wheel of a WRT Audi, with the customer outfit’s regular drivers Ferdinand Habsburg and Fabio Scherer moved across to the Audi test car that is carrying the colours of Mike Rockenfeller.
A spokesperson for WRT didn’t elaborate on the decision to field the former Asian Le Mans Series champion, simply telling Motorsport.com: “We had the opportunity to use him, so we did it.”
Newey’s maiden DTM outing has been made possible by the absence of team’s third driver Ed Jones, who is currently stuck in Dubai and unable to attend the test.
However, the British driver is not in contention for a race seat with the outfit, with WRT confirming that Habsburg, Scherer and Jones will all return to the cockpit when the season gets underway at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in August.
Newey’s run in the Audi RS5 DTM is expected to give him track mileage in a year he doesn’t have a full-season drive.