BTCC champion Sutton returns for second Subaru season
Reigning Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champion Ash Sutton will return to defend his crown this season, staying with the BMR Subaru team.
23 year old Ash won the title back in October last year at Brands Hatch after an outstanding year Subaru Levorg Sports Tourer. In only his second year in the series he totalled an impressive six outright wins, and celebrated no fewer than fifteen podium positions during the season.
Ash has been heavily involved with BMR since an early stage in his career after his talent was identified by the BMR Academy that provides mentoring to help young drivers maximise their skills and provide them with the expertise required to compete to the best of their ability and progress through the ranks of motorsport to ensure them of the best possible careers.
The BTCC Champion title tops his career so far on his superb run of success over the last four seasons after securing the Jack Sears Trophy in his rookie Touring Car campaign in 2016 and the Renault UK Clio Cup and Formula Ford scholarship class titles in 2015 and 2014.
Ash Sutton commented: “I am pleased to be back on the grid for the 2018 season with Team BMR and back behind the wheel of my championship winning Subaru Levorg! Last year is going to stick with me, it was a roller coaster of a season but one that’s going to sit well in the memory bank. I wouldn’t have been able to get where I am now if it wasn’t for all my sponsors and for the BMR Academy that have supported me from the beginning.
“Everyone has been asking how I will approach this year now I am going in defending my title. I won’t be changing my approach too much but just making sure I am honing in on all my defects that stood out this year, to make sure I am in the best possible position come the end of the season.
We, as a team, will be taking into account the Teams Championship along with the Manufactures title for Subaru. I can’t wait to get going, the boys are working hard in the workshop in preparation for what lies ahead.”
Team principal Warren Scott added: “We’re delighted and extremely proud that Ash will be carrying the number one on his Subaru Levorg for 2018 and we are very excited about the 60th Anniversary season ahead.
"With Ash wrapping up the Driver’s Championship last year we will be looking todefend that title along with launching a full assault on clinching the Manufacturers title for Subaru along with the overall Team’s Championship”.
Paul Tunnicliffe, Managing Director of Subaru UK said: “It’s great to have Ash on boardagain for 2018. We’re looking forward to another successful year with BMR and we know they’ll work the Levorg Sports Tourers to their max. Ash is a great driver and we’re expecting another year of exciting races from him”.