Ashley Sutton

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Ashley Sutton
Ashley Sutton - 2017 BTCC Knockhill (Sunday, R2 podium).jpg
Sutton in 2017.
NationalityBritish
Born (1994-01-15) 15 January 1994 (age 25)
Bishops Stortford, Essex, UK
British Touring Car Championship career
Debut season2016
Current teamAdrian Flux Subaru Racing
Car number116
Former teamsMG Racing RCIB Insurance
Starts120
Wins14
Poles5
Fastest laps10
Best finish1st in 2017
Finished last season8th
Previous series
2015
2014
2010
2000-09
Renault Clio Cup United Kingdom
British Formula Ford Championship
750MC Formula Vee
Karting
Championship titles
2017
2016
2015
British Touring Car Championship
Jack Sears Trophy
Renault Clio Cup United Kingdom

Ashley Sutton (born 15 January 1994) is a British racing driver, who currently competes in the British Touring Car Championship with Adrian Flux Subaru Racing.

After winning the Renault Clio Cup United Kingdom in 2015, Sutton moved up to the British Touring Car Championship for the 2016 season with MG Racing RCIB Insurance. He won one race in his début season, before moving to Adrian Flux Subaru Racing for the 2017 season. Sutton failed to score a point in the opening meeting, but won six races thereafter to win the championship, the youngest champion since 1966.

Racing career[edit]

Sutton began his career in karting in 2000 and raced in karting up until 2009, when he switched to the 750MC Formula Vee Championship. 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.[1] For 2015 he switched to the Renault Clio Cup United Kingdom, entering the championship with support from the British Touring Car Championship team, Team BMR. Winning the championship that year, with 6 wins, 14 podiums, 4 pole positions and 4 fastest laps.[2] In March 2016, it was announced that Sutton would make his British Touring Car Championship debut with MG Racing RCIB Insurance driving a MG6 GT.[3] 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 their first season. For 2017 Sutton moved back to Team BMR as expected. He failed to score a point at the first round at brands hatch but since has taken 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 after rival Turkington had earlier won the second race from 15th on the grid to keep the championship alive. However, on lap 2 of race three, Turkington was hit, therefore ending his chances and confirming Sutton as the champion, the youngest since John Fitzpatrick in 1966.[4] During his title defence in 2018, Sutton won six races, the most of any driver during the season but came fourth overall.[5]

Sutton competed in the inaugural season of the TCR UK series, winning two races of a truncated campaign with Verizon Connect Racing.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Sutton was educated at Birchwood High School, where he studied auto mechanics and engineering.[7]

Racing record[edit]

750MC Formula Vee[edit]

Ash Sutton started his car racing career in the 750 Motor Club's Formula Vee Championship driving a Storm. He finished fourth in the championship, taking three victories, coming at Castle Combe, Brands Hatch and Pembrey. He took a further five podiums.

Complete Renault UK Clio Cup results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Pos Pts
2015 Team BMR Restart with Pyro BHI
1

C
BHI
2

2
DON
1

1
DON
2

7
DON
3

2
THR
1

2
THR
2

2
OUL
1

5
OUL
2

Ret
CRO
1

1
CRO
2

2
KNO
1

2
KNO
2

3
ROC
1

1
ROC
2

5
SIL
1

1
SIL
2

2
BRH
1

1
BRH
2

1
1st 459

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1 point awarded just in first race; races in italics indicate fastest lap – 1 point awarded all races; * signifies that driver led race for at least one lap – 1 point given all races)

Year Team Car 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 26 27 28 29 30 DC Pts
2016 MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG 6 GT BRH
1

4
BRH
2

6
BRH
3

10
DON
1

5
DON
2

13
DON
3

5
THR
1

Ret
THR
2

15
THR
3

5
OUL
1

19
OUL
2

27
OUL
3

12
CRO
1

3
CRO
2

5
CRO
3

1*
SNE
1

25
SNE
2

Ret
SNE
3

14
KNO
1

11
KNO
2

Ret
KNO
3

Ret
ROC
1

6
ROC
2

5
ROC
3

19
SIL
1

DSQ*
SIL
2

26
SIL
3

10
BRH
1

9
BRH
2

Ret
BRH
3

24
13th 162
2017 Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT BRH
1

16
BRH
2

Ret
BRH
3

21
DON
1

13
DON
2

3
DON
3

3
THR
1

6
THR
2

8
THR
3

6
OUL
1

3
OUL
2

1*
OUL
3

4
CRO
1

1*
CRO
2

2
CRO
3

2
SNE
1

1*
SNE
2

1*
SNE
3

Ret
KNO
1

2
KNO
2

1*
KNO
3

4
ROC
1

2
ROC
2

1*
ROC
3

5
SIL
1

5
SIL
2

4
SIL
3

11
BRH
1

3
BRH
2

12
BRH
3

3
1st 372
2018 Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT BRH
1

7
BRH
2

12
BRH
3

4
DON
1

12
DON
2

8
DON
3

6*
THR
1

15
THR
2

11
THR
3

20
OUL
1

21
OUL
2

23
OUL
3

13
CRO
1

1*
CRO
2

1*
CRO
3

7
SNE
1

2
SNE
2

1*
SNE
3

10
ROC
1

2
ROC
2

1*
ROC
3

17
KNO
1

1*
KNO
2

DSQ
KNO
3

8
SIL
1

11
SIL
2

27
SIL
3

12
BRH
1

Ret
BRH
2

8
BRH
3

1*
4th 256
2019 Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT BRH
1

9*
BRH
2

2*
BRH
3

25
DON
1

2
DON
2

3
DON
3

5
THR
1

9
THR
2

11
THR
3

3
CRO
1

7
CRO
2

5
CRO
3

4
OUL
1

8
OUL
2

16
OUL
3

7
SNE
1

12
SNE
2

7
SNE
3

20
THR
1

9
THR
2

11
THR
3

9
KNO
1

Ret
KNO
2

16
KNO
3

12
SIL
1

24
SIL
2

11
SIL
3

15*
BRH
1

11
BRH
2

1*
BRH
3

3
8th 233

Complete TCR Europe Touring Car Series results[edit]

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

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 DC Points
2018 WestCoast Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR LEC
1
LEC
2
ZAN
1
ZAN
2
SPA
1
SPA
2
HUN
1
HUN
2
ASS
1
ASS
2
MNZ
1
MNZ
2
CAT
1

4
CAT
2

3
17th 27
2019 Team WRT Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR HUN
1
HUN
2
HOC
1
HOC
2
SPA
1

19
SPA
2

4
RBR
1
RBR
2
OSC
1
OSC
2
CAT
1
CAT
2
MNZ
1

MNZ
2

24th* 29*

* Season still in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ashley Sutton career statistics". Driver Database. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  2. ^ Paice, Simon (14 January 2015). "Formula Ford Race-Winner Sutton Makes Clio Switch". The Checkered Flag. Black Eagle Media Network. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  3. ^ "MG TRIPLE EIGHT RACING UNVEIL 2016 DRIVER PAIRING". British Touring Car Championship. TOCA. 8 March 2016. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  4. ^ Ashby, Chris (28 September 2017). "Ashley Sutton ready for final BTCC battle as he chases maiden title". BTCC Crazy. James Mappin. Retrieved 1 October 2017. Seeking to become the youngest BTCC champion since John Fitzpatrick in 1966, the 23-year-old admits he can't wait to get the final event of the season as he bids to add his name to coveted trophy.
  5. ^ https://www.autosport.com/btcc/news/139071/sutton-wins-btcc-finale-in-drag-race-to-flag
  6. ^ https://www.touringcars.net/2018/08/ash-sutton-would-love-to-get-more-involved-with-tcr
  7. ^ Schommer, John (19 June 2014). "Heavy Metal Affliction 2013 Ford Formula Ecoboost 200". Forza Motorsport. Retrieved 25 June 2019.

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2015
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Jack Sears Trophy
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