Ashley Sutton has signed a deal to remain with Team BMR for the 2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship, the outfit he successfully won the title with in 2017.
Sutton endured a difficult season behind the wheel of the Subaru Levorg GT last year, but still finished fourth in the Championship with six wins and eight podium finishes.
However, Sutton is back for the 2019 season alongside Senna Proctor, making it his third consecutive year with Team BMR in the BTCC with the Essex racer hoping to clinch another driver’s title to add to his 2017 one.
Sutton told the BTCC website: “First thing’s first; I am bouncing off the walls to be returning for my fourth BTCC season and my third season with the BMR, Adrian Flux Subaru Racing outfit. Secondly, trying to keep this on the lo-down since the end of last year has been very difficult!
“My second season, 2017, was really the start of a journey for me, landing myself a manufacturer seat in Subaru, with a fantastic team behind it. Alongside representing our prestigious sponsor, Adrian Flux Insurance Services, pushing the program, it was simply a dream.
“To be the one to go and secure them their first BTCC title made it very clear that this would now be home for me.
“Having all parties back on-board for the 2019 season means we have all the required assets to step it up a level. With the addition of Senna Proctor as my team-mate, who, like myself, originally progressed through the BMR Academy, we’re looking good for a strong campaign.
“We had a lot of bad luck last year which cost us the chance to go out and defend the title but having been in touch with the hard work going on back at base throughout the winter, it’s certainly shaping up nicely.
“The guys have been doing a sterling job and I’m very excited about our plans moving forward. Along with our developments for the season, we’re aiming for a huge uplift. To see things unfold and watch the Subaru Levorg GT start to take shape again has left me champing at the bit.”
Team Manager Micky Sergeant added: “It’s a given, I’m thrilled that Ash is remaining with the team and excited that together with Senna we have a young team that can push us forward this season.
“Continuity is a word bandied about quite often in motorsport and it’s key for both the team and Ash in order to build on and replicate our success. Much has gone on behind the scenes to strengthen the team and to maximise the Levorg’s performance in a championship that gets tighter and more competitive every year.
“Having Ash on-board for another season is the final part of the jigsaw for our 2019 BTCC campaign and the news we all longed for. Together with Senna we have a great pairing capable of running at the sharp end. One thing’s for sure, it’ll be entertaining to watch!”
Gerry Bucke, General Manager of the team’s title sponsor Adrian Flux Insurance Services added: “Adrian Flux is delighted that Ash Sutton returns to the team for the third year in a row to mount his BTCC title challenge.
“The sport’s fans already know what an outstanding talent Ash is, and the team will be working as hard as ever to keep him at the sharp end where he belongs.”
“With Senna in the second car, BMR Racing has secured an incredible line-up of young, race-winning drivers. It will be interesting to see which of them comes out on top each weekend.”
Paul Tunnicliffe, Subaru UK Managing Director said: “This is as good as it gets. Ash is a proven winner, a known entity to the team, if we had a blank sheet of paper, he would have been our first choice as driver, as he would be for many teams. He and Senna bring new meaning to the phrase ‘dream team’.”
The team will now crack on with its pre-season testing programme ahead of the BTCC test-day at Brands Hatch on the 27th March, which incidentally is also where the first three rounds of the 2019 season will take place at the start of April – so it’ll be key for teams’ to get some good running in.
Header image from BTCC.net
By Jordan Hollands