Tin-top champ tries­brx win­ner nathan heath cote’ s car

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - By Hal Ridge

Bri­tish Tour­ing Car cham­pion Ash Sut­ton tested a ral­ly­cross Su­per­car for the first time on Satur­day at Ly­d­den Hill and is tar­get­ing an out­ing in the dis­ci­pline in the fu­ture.

The 23-year-old drove the Citroen DS 3 Su­per­car that Team BMR boss War­ren Scott has cam­paigned in the Bri­tish Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship this sea­son, his maiden year in the sport, run by Liam Do­ran’s LD Mo­tor­sports team.

Sut­ton also drove Nathan Heath­cote’s Bri­tish RX ti­tle-win­ning DS 3, first run­ning on Ly­d­den Hill’s Tar­mac cir­cuit be­fore also ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the un­sealed loose sur­face sec­tions in the 600bhp ma­chines.

“I’d def­i­nitely love to give rac­ing in ral­ly­cross a go, it’s some­thing I’ve al­ways looked at do­ing on the side and we’ll wait and see,” he told Mo­tor­sport News. “I was ac­tu­ally re­ally, re­ally shocked by the power.

“The tour­ing car is just un­der 400bhp and that’s enough for when you’re rac­ing up close, but to sud­denly have an­other 200bhp plus was def­i­nitely an eye opener. It would be nice to get at least half a day be­hind the wheel so you can nip away and see how you progress.

“The gravel was a bit dif­fer­ent to what I’m used to, you have to pre­empt what’s com­ing more. Ob­vi­ously it’s loose so ev­ery­thing un­der­neath you is mov­ing around and you’ve got to add that into the in­puts. You’ve got to turn a lit­tle bit ear­lier to al­low that to all come into ef­fect by the time you ac­tu­ally get to the cor­ner.”

Sut­ton also drove his cham­pi­onship­win­ning Subaru Levorg BTCC car at the Kent venue, and took part in a race against fel­low Bri­tish cham­pion Heath­cote in his DS3.

Pho­tos: Hal Ridge

Sut­ton drove champ’s car

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