Having started his phenomenal racing career behind the wheel of kart at Rye House, the team here wish to congratulate our very own BTCC 2017 champion; Ashley Sutton!!
“Motorsport has always been my true passion, and to make a career in the industry has been my ultimate goal as well as becoming brand ambassadors for companies. Back in my karting days I was always very realistic about my potential achievements. Everyone else wanted a career as a Formula One driver, but not me… I could see myself as a Touring Car or GT Driver, and knew it was within my reach. From day one, the British Touring Car Championship has always been a dream for me, I always knew even as a child ‘that’s where I want to be”
Winning multiple club & national championships in his karting career from 2000 – 2009, Sutton switched to the Formula Vee Championship where he went on to win the Rookie of year award that season, finishing 4th in the overall championship.
He made a return to racing in the 2014 British Formula Ford Championship after having been forced to sit out two and half years of racing, following a road car accident. He finished 3rd in the championship that year, taking 5 wins, 16 podiums, 4 pole positions and 10 fastest laps.
For 2015 he switched to the Renault Clio Cup, entering the championship with support from his British Touring Car Championship team. Winning the championship that year, with 6 wins, 14 podiums, 4 pole positions and 4 fastest laps.
In March 2016, it was announced that Sutton would make his British Touring Car Championship debut with MG Racing driving a MG6 GT. He finished 4th in the first race of the season and took his first win in a wet race three at croft. He also won the Jack Sears Trophy. A championship for all the rookies to compete for in there first season.
2017 BTCC. Taking wins at Oulton Park, Croft, Snetterton, Knockhill and Rockingham. He held a 10 point lead at the summit of the championship heading into the finale. Sutton clinched the title in the final race of the season making him the youngest champion since John Fitzpatrick in 1966.
Continue to follow Ash & history in the making below: