Newton signing autographs at the 2009 1000 km of Spa
|24 Hours of Le Mans career|
|Participating years||2003 -|
Graham Nash Motorsport|
|Best finish||8th (2006, 2010)|
|Class wins||2 (2005, 2006)|
Mike Newton (born 14 April, 1960 in Manchester) is a British businessman and racing driver. He is the founder and CEO of the AD Group of companies. He races in the Le Mans Series and 24 Hours of Le Mans in cars prepared by the RML Group. Newton was named Britain's Top Entrepreneur by Management Today magazine in 2005.
Newton began in motorsport as a marshal in 1977. In 1985, he took part in his first circuit race in Formula Ford. He was champion of Oulton Park's Formula Ford series in 1996 and 1997. In 1999, he finished sixth in the Bathurst 500. In 2001 he finished first in class at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring, and repeated that feat at the 2002 24 Hours of Daytona.
In 2003 he made his debut in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, racing a Saleen S7-R for Graham Nash Motorsport alongside Thomas Erdos and Pedro Chaves, the car being sponsored by some of Newton's companies. The team finished sixth in the GTS class. Newton and Erdos also raced the car in the FIA GT Championship.
For 2004 Newton and Erdos continued to race the Saleen in FIA GT for RML. They also raced in the Le Mans Series for the team in an MG-Lola EX257. They also raced the car at Le Mans, but retired from the race. In 2005 the team moved from the LMP1 category to the LMP2 category, winning the class at Le Mans and finishing second in the Le Mans Series. They repeated this feat in 2006. In 2007, Newton and Erdos won the Le Mans Series LMP2 category.
In 2008 Newton was elected Vice President of the British Motorsport Marshals Club.
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