Ashley Sutton is the 2017 British Touring Car Champion
Ashley Sutton is the 2017 British Touring Car champion! The 23-year-old driver from Essex captured the championship title in his second season in the premier British racing competition with two podium results in the season’s finale at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit.
Ashley Sutton (Team BMR, #116 Subaru Levorg GT) finished third in Race 1 and Race 3 while his main rival Colin Turkington (WSR Team BMW) was the winner of the Race 2 but he retired early in the last race following a contact with another car. Turkington’s misfortune opened a clean way to the championship title for Sutton, who had six-point advantage before the race.
The race winners in the final BTCC round were Aiden Moffat (Laser Tools Racing, Mercedes A-Class), Colin Turkington and Rob Austin (Handy Motorsport, Toyota Avensis).
Moffat won the Race 1 ahead of Tom Ingram and Ash Sutton. Colin Turkington finished only 15th after he was 17th in the qualifying. In the second race, Turkington made a heroic effort and progressed from P15 to the victory, ahead of Honda’s Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal. Sutton was 12th and the championship battle was extended into the last race.
Turkington started from P10 at reversed grid, two places ahead of Sutton. Turkington’s goal was to collect seven points more than Sutton. Unfortunately for Turkington, his race ended on lap 2 with a damage of the right-rear wheel following a contact with Mat Jackson.
In a moment of Turkington’s retirement, Sutton became a champion but he continued to fight for positions, progressing from P5 to P3. Rob Austin scored his first win of the season ahead of Jack Goff (Eurotech Racing, Honda Civic Type R).
After fifteen rounds and thirty races, Ashley Sutton collected 372 points, 21 more than Colin Turkington. Tom Ingram is third in the championship, ahead of last year’s champion Gordon Shedden and Rob Collard, who missed out the season’s finale due to injuries.
Team BMW/West Surrey Racing takes the Teams’ championship title while BMW captures Manufacturers’ title.