Ashley Sutton is the 2017 British Touring Car Champion, who won the most coveted motorsport championship title in the UK in his second season of participation. Before entering the BTCC in 2016, Sutton was the Renault UK Clio Cup champion in 2015.
Ashley Sutton - 2017 BTCC champion
Young Ashley was a two-time British karting champion
Born in January 1994 in Sheering, Essex, Ashley Sutton entered his first races at the age six, driving go-karts first in national competitions and then worldwide. He was the British karting champion two times and reached the third place in Europe.
Road car accident halted Ashley's career
Sutton made the step up to the next level of racing in 2010, entering the Formula Vee. He finished fourth in the championship. In 2011, an unfortunate road car accident interrupted his career and he spent more than two years recovering.
He was back to the cockpit of a race car in 2014, entering the MSA Formula Ford. He managed to not only win the Scholarship Championship but also to end third in the overall standings despite the fact he missed three rounds.
Sutton was the Renault UK Clio Cup champion in 2015
2015 Clio Cup champion with Warren Scott's team
At the end of 2014, Warren Scott invited Ashley to drive for his Team BMR in the Renault UK Clio Cup next season. The relationship was born which resulted with fantastic results in the following years.
Sutton took the pole position in the first race of the Clio Cup and then the first victory in the second round of the season. He collected six wins until the end of the season, winning the championship ahead of Ash Hand and Ant Whorton-Eales.
Jack Sears Trophy for Ashley Sutton in 2016
Rookie of the Year in the 2016 BTCC season
After a victorious year in the Clio Cup, the logical next step was the British Touring Car Championship. Sutton managed to secure a drive with the MG factory team, operated by Triple Eight Racing, in the #116 MG 6 GT.
He captured his first BTCC podium in the first race of the fifth round at Croft Circuit. The maiden victory came later that day, in the third race at Croft. At the end of the season, Sutton was 13th in the overall standings and he won the Jack Sears Trophy as the best rookie.
Ashley Sutton scored six BTCC wins in 2017
Championship title with Team BMR's Subaru
For the 2017 BTCC season, Sutton rejoined Team BMR to drive the #116 Subaru Levorg GT. After a bad start of the season at Brands Hatch, he captured two podiums in the second round at Donington Park. The first win of the season came in the fourth round at Oulton Park.
Sutton collected six wins through the season to enter the season's finale as the championship leader, with Colin Turkington as his only rival. Sutton added two more podiums to his account and won the title with 21-point gap ahead of Turkington.
For the 2018 BTCC season, Sutton announced that he will defend a title in the same car, carrying the number 1 on it.