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Sutton Joins Subaru

(Photo from www.btcc.net)

After months of speculation, it has been confirmed that Ashley Sutton will be joining Team BMR for the 2017 British Touring Car Championship season. The 23-year-old will be partnered by Jason Plato and James Cole in the Subaru Levorg GT factory backed team. Sutton, who rose through the support categories as a Team BMR Academy driver joins after winning the Jack Sears Trophy with sister squad Triple Eight Racing last season.

This success was coupled with a strong season throughout as he immediately made an impression at Brands Hatch with a fourth place finish in his first race and a maiden pole next time out at Donington. This form continued and at Croft, Sutton took his first win in the BTCC.

A clearly delighted Sutton said, “Not for one second did I think that two years down the line I would be a part of the BMR factory team; let alone with a BTCC Manufacturer like Subaru. I thought I had hit the jackpot in my debut season in securing a Manufacturer drive; but now being a part of Subaru, and the package that comes with that, has certainly topped it for me”

Speaking at the Autosport Show in January, Sutton spoke of how he wanted to be in a car capable of winning the championship in 2017 and with this news he certainly has that opportunity. “Last year I accomplished all of the personal goals I had set for myself. I know that 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. Going into the final round in with a shot for the championship is the biggest aim – but this is the pinnacle of British motorsport, it’s the British Touring Car Championship, so I know it’s not going to come easy!”

It was also announced that Jason Plato would remain with the team for a third season after joining them in 2015. 2017 is a landmark season for Plato who will be celebrating 20 years in the BTCC after making his debut in a manufacture backed Renault Laguna.

It will also be James Cole’s second season with the team after switching from Motorbase, and the fifth BTCC season of his career.

It remains to be seen whether Team Principal Warren Scott will return to the driver’s seat in 2017 as he revealed that an announcement will be made on the team’s fourth driver in due course.

Here is the confirmed 2017 BTCC grid so far:

2017 BTCC Entry List
TEAM No. DRIVER
CONSTRUCTOR ENTRIES
 

Silverline Subaru Team BMR

 

20 James Cole
99 Jason Plato
116 Ashley Sutton
TBA
 

Honda Halfords Yuasa Racing

25 Matt Neal
52 Gordon Shedden
Simpson Racing 303 Matt Simpson
 

West Surrey Racing

77 Andrew Jordan
TBA
TBA
 

Power Maxed Racing

TBA Senna Proctor
TBA Tom Chilton
 

Triple Eight Engineering

23 Daniel Lloyd
40 Aron Taylor-Smith
INDEPENDENT ENTRIES
 

Motorbase Performance

3 Mat Jackson
30 Martin Depper
300 Luke Davenport
 

AmD Tuning

10 Ant Whorton-Eales
48 Ollie Jackson
Handy Motorsport 11 Rob Austin
Speedworks Motorsport 80 Tom Ingram
 

Team HARD

12 Michael Epps
24 Jake Hill
TBA Will Burns
Team Parker Racing TBA Stephen Jelley
Laser Tools Racing 16 Aiden Moffat
Wix Racing 33 Adam Morgan
 

BTC Norlin Racing

17 Dave Newsham
22 Chris Smiley
 

Eurotech Racing

31 Jack Goff
55 Jeff Smith
Maximum Motorsport 95 Stewart Lines

 

 

 

 

 

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