Ash Sutton sticks with BMR Subaru for 2019 BTCC
|By Matt James||Friday, February 22nd 2019, 18:00 GMT|
Ash Sutton, the 2017 British Touring Car champion, will remain in the series in 2019 at the wheel of a BMR Racing Subaru Levorg GT.
The 25-year-old joined the factory-backed Subaru team in 2017 and has won 12 races in the estate-shaped car including six during his title winning campaign.
He finished fourth in the standings last season after the team struggled to extract the maximum from the car over the first four meetings of the season.
Sutton, who won the rookie-based Jack Sears Trophy in his maiden year in the BTCC in 2016, will be joined in the team by Senna Proctor. His previous team-mate Jason Plato is moving to the Power Maxed Vauxhall squad this year.
"I am bouncing off the walls to be returning for my fourth BTCC season and my third season with BMR Racing," said Sutton.
"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."
The team will begin a test programme shortly before the championship's media launch on March 27.
BMR Racing boss Mickey Sergeant said: "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."
2019 BTCC line-up so far
WSR BMW: Colin Turkington, Tom Oliphant, Andrew Jordan
Team Dynamics Honda: Matt Neal, Dan Cammish
Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall: Jason Plato
Motorbase Perfromance Ford: Tom Chilton, Ollie Jackson, Nic Hamilton
Speedworks Motorsport Toyota: Tom Ingram
Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes: Adam Morgan, Daniel Rowbottom
BTC Racing Honda: Josh Cook, Chris Smiley
Team BMR Subaru: Ash Sutton, Senna Proctor
AmD Tuning Honda: Sam Tordoff, Rory Butcher
Laser Tools Racing Mercedes: Aiden Moffat
Simpson Racing Honda: Matt Simpson
Team Hard VW: Mike Bushell, Carl Boardley, Bobby Thompson, Michael Crees
Excelr8 Motorsport MG: Rob Smith
Trade Price Cars Audi: Jake Hill, Mark Blundell