Young Bri­tish guns land fac­tory drives with Triple Eight Rac­ing

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - By Matt James Pho­tos: LAT, Jakob Ebrey

Triple Eight Rac­ing has signed Josh Cook and Re­nault UK Clio Cup cham­pion Ash­ley Sut­ton to race in the Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship this sea­son.

Cook made his de­but in the BTCC last sea­son at the wheel of a Power Maxed Chevro­let Cruze and fin­ished 15th in the points. He fin­ished on the podium at Rockingham.

For­mer sin­gle-seater racer Sut­ton won the Clio Cup ti­tle in 2015, tak­ing six vic­to­ries and will make his de­but in the cat­e­gory.

Cook said: “I’m over the moon to be work­ing with a team and man­u­fac­turer that has such her­itage. The in­tro­duc­tion of the new RML com­po­nents this sea­son is bound to mix it up, and I’m com­ing straight off the back of a strong first sea­son in the BTCC. I want to keep the mo­men­tum.”

Sut­ton, who has pre­vi­ously raced in For­mula Vee and For­mula Ford, said: “I am over­whelmed to have been given this op­por­tu­nity as a man­u­fac­turer driver for MG with Triple Eight Rac­ing in my first year of the BTCC. When we first joined the TOCA pack­age back in 2014 I would have bit­ten some­one’s hand off if they said I would be rac­ing in the BTCC in just two years’ time. It has been a dream to com­pete in the BTCC for a full sea­son from a very young age.”

Team head Ian Har­ri­son said he was pleased to have two younger driv­ers at the squad be­cause it would fit in well with MG’S brand im­age. “I have no doubts about ei­ther Josh or Ash­ley,” he said. “They are both young, quick driv­ers and they are go­ing to be push­ing MG to the front of the field.”

Cook: fac­tory seat MG will have a works pres­ence

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