SUTTON JOINS SUBARU FOR BTCC
BTCC race winner to pilot rear-wheel-drive Levorg
Ash Sutton will join the British Touring Car Championship Subaru team alongside Jason Plato and James Cole for the 2017 season.
Sutton, 23, won one race and claimed the Jack Sears Trophy for rookies during his maiden campaign in the BTCC last term with the factory-backed MG operation.
Two-time champion Plato is remaining with Team BMR for a third season, while Cole returns at the controls of the rearwheel-drive Levorg machine.
Sutton, who took two pole positions on his way to 13th in the overall standings last year, was a product of the BMR academy. He raced under the team’s colours in the Renault UK Clio Cup Championship in 2015, which he won, before stepping up to the BTCC in 2016.
“Not for one second did I think that two years down the line from signing for Team BMR, I would be a part of the BMR factory team, let alone with such a newly bred BTCC manufacturer as Subaru,” said Sutton.
“I thought I had hit the jackpot in my debut season in securing a manufacturer drive with MG, but now being a part of Subaru, and the package that comes with that, has certainly topped it for me.
“Last year I accomplished all of the personal goals I had set for myself, I know 2017 is going to be hard, but I feel I have all the correct tools to move those goal posts and set myself some bigger challenges.”
Plato welcomed Sutton to the team. He added: “We have a fantastic new addition to the driver squad in young Ash Sutton, I’m certainly expecting him to be right in the thick of the action.”
Cole says he has benefited from a lateseason test with BMR, when he worked alongside Plato’s engineer Carl Faux for the first time. The Liverpudlian said:” I can’t wait to get back in the car and build on what I learnt in testing. I need to deliver for the team and myself.”
The team is due to begin testing in two weeks’ time.
Sutton (r) will race for Scott’s outfit in Subaru Levorg