Tim Sugden

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Tim Sugden
Tim Sugden.jpg
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 1998, 2003 - 2004, 2006, 2008 -
Teams Gulf Team Davidoff, Dewalt Racesport Salisbury, Thierry Perrier, Russian Age Racing, Virgo Motorsport, JMW Motorsport
Best finish 4th (1998)
Class wins 0

Tim Sugden (born 26 April 1964 in Bradford) is a British racing driver. He is both driver and manager for his own racing team, Tim Sugden Motorsport.

Early career[edit]

Sugden started racing in karting, where he became British champion. He soon moved up to Formula Ford 1600, winning the Star of Mallory series in 1987. Despite working on a small budget, he gained top place finishes at senior level FF1600 driving the works Swift "Tredaire" car for Frank Bradley. He also drove in the Honda CRX challenge and British Formula 3000. In 1990 he finished third in the Formula Renault Championship, with one race victory along the way.

BTCC[edit]

His first racing in the British Touring Car Championship came in 1990. He entered selected rounds for the Prodrive ran Junior BMW Team in the 2.0litre class. An impressive performance for the team in 1991 saw him win at Brands Hatch, finishing the year in tenth place, despite only competing in five rounds.[1] This led to a full season in 1992 for the works BMW team, where he ended the year eighth on points. Prodrive's contract with BMW ended but Sugden was retained for 1993 by Prodrive for an abortive Mercedes entry and Sugden then returned to the series again in 1994. He entered selected rounds for the Toyota works team as a third driver alongside 1991 champion Will Hoy and former F1 driver Julian Bailey in a Toyota Carina. The team were not front runners in the championship, and another disappointing season followed in 1995, which was both Toyota's and Sugden's final year racing in the BTCC but he worked as test driver for Vauxhall in 1996 as they developed the Vectra.

GT Racing[edit]

Since his time in touring cars, he has competed in sports car racing. This started in 1997 with an entry in the British GT Championship. In his first year he won the GT2 title, alongside Steve O'Rourke in a Porsche 911 GT2. He then went on to win the GT1 titles in both 1998 and 1999, first in a McLaren F1 GTR then in a Lister Storm GTL. After already competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race (where he finished fourth overall in 1998 in the EMKA McLaren), he moved to full-time International GT racing in 2000 with the FIA GT Championship where he has 9 wins and was runner-up in the GT2 class in 2005. He was winner of the Porsche Cup in 2005, awarded by Porsche to the driver of any privately entered Porsche car in selected racing or rally championships world wide where points are scored through the season according to the ranking of the series. He is only the second British driver ever to win that Cup. He has also competed in the American Le Mans Series in a Porsche, finishing second in GT2 in the Sebring 12 hours, the Daytona 24 Hours race, the Le Mans Series, and made a return to the British GT championship. In 2007, he was the Asian Porsche Carrera Cup champion, finished third in 2008 and finished second by 1 point in 2009.[2] In 2011 He finished 2nd in GT in the Daytona 24 hours driving a Porsche for Paul Miller Racing

BriSCA F2 Stock Cars[edit]

On Sat 09th Oct 2010 Tim won his debut F2 final in an evening race meeting at Skegness Stadium after working at Brands Hatch earlier that day getting an immediate upgrade to Yellow Top. He is competing in selected F2 Stock car rounds this year(2010) and won the Grand National final at Birmingham in November. In 2011 he entered the Northampton meeting on March 13 again winning the GN final and then the Birmingham meeting on the 19th when he won the Final and so was again upgraded to Blue Top. In his first 6 meetings he has two overall wins and two GN wins but meetings limited due to other commitments. Hednesford on April 10 saw another win in a heat this time.

Racing record[edit]

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position - 1990 in class) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap - 1990 in class)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Overall
Pos
Pts Class
Pos
1990 BMW Team Finance BMW M3 B OUL
DON
THR
SIL
9
OUL
9
SIL
BRH
5
SNE
8
BRH
BIR
DON
8
THR
SIL
12th 67 6th
1991 BMW Team Finance BMW M3 SIL
SNE
Ret
DON
THR
SIL
121
BRH
1
SIL
DON
1

DON
2

OUL
BRH
1

BRH
2

DON
5
THR
SIL
Ret
10th 32
1992 M Team Mobile BMW 318is SIL
5
THR
14
OUL
9
SNE
9
BRH
4
DON
1

8
DON
2

7
SIL
11
KNO
1

Ret
KNO
2

DNS
PEM
3
BRH
1

9
BRH
2

13
DON
Ret
SIL
6
8th 43
1994 Toyota Castrol Team Toyota Carina E THR
BRH
1

20
BRH
2

12
SNE
Ret
SIL
1

9
SIL
2

7
OUL
12
DON
1

15
DON
2

14
BRH
1

BRH
2

SIL
Ret
KNO
1

KNO
2

OUL
BRH
1

BRH
2

SIL
1

9
SIL
2

10
DON
1

19
DON
2

14
19th 9
1995 Team Toyota GB Toyota Carina E DON
1

9
DON
2

Ret
BRH
1

14
BRH
2

10
THR
1

4
THR
2

Ret
SIL
1

Ret
SIL
2

6
OUL
1

Ret
OUL
2

11
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

DNS
DON
1

8
DON
2

13
SIL
8
KNO
1

7
KNO
2

10
BRH
1

12
BRH
2

9
SNE
1

6
SNE
2

7
OUL
1

Ret
OUL
2

Ret
SIL
1

13
SIL
2

6
14th 48
  1. ^ – Race was stopped due of heavy rain. No points were awarded.

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1998 United Kingdom Gulf Team Davidoff
United Kingdom EMKA Racing
United Kingdom Steve O'Rourke
United States Bill Auberlen
McLaren F1 GTR GT1 343 4th 4th
2003 United Kingdom Dewalt Racesports Salisbury United Kingdom Mike Jordan
United Kingdom Michael Caine
TVR Tuscan T400R GT 93 DNF DNF
2004 France Thierry Perrier
France Perspective Racing
United Kingdom Ian Khan
United Kingdom Nigel Smith
Porsche 911 GT3-RS GT 283 23rd 10th
2006 Russia Russian Age Racing
United Kingdom Cirtek Motorsport
United Kingdom Nigel Smith
United Kingdom Christian Vann
Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello GT1 124 DNF DNF
2008 United Kingdom Virgo Motorsport United Kingdom Rob Bell
United Kingdom Tim Mullen
Ferrari F430 GT2 GT2 289 DNF DNF
2009 United Kingdom JMW Motorsport United Kingdom Rob Bell
United Kingdom Andrew Kirkaldy
Ferrari F430 GT2 GT2 320 23rd 4th
2010 United Kingdom JMW Motorsport United Kingdom Rob Bell
United States Bryce Miller
Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT2 GT2 71 DNF DNF
2011 United Kingdom JMW Motorsport United Kingdom Rob Bell
Netherlands Xavier Maassen
Ferrari 458 Italia GTC GTE
Pro
290 24th 9th

Complete Super GT results[edit]

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 DC Pts
2010 ThunderAsia Racing Mosler MT900M GT300 SUZ
OKA
Ret
FUJ
Ret
SEP
Ret
SUG
Ret
SUZ
FUJ
C
MOT
NC 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.btcc.net/html/history_standings.php?season_id=34 Official 1991 BTCC standings.
  2. ^ http://www.driverdb.com/drivers/1620/ Career highlights at driver database.

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
John Morrison
John Greasley
British GT Champion
1998 with:
Steve O'Rourke
Succeeded by
Calum Lockie
Preceded by
Darryl O'Young
Porsche Carrera Cup Asia
Champion

2007
Succeeded by
Darryl O'Young