Ashley Sutton started the BTCC season where he left off last year, with a win at the Croft British Touring Car Championship opener. Sutton was last years BTCC Champion and had the pole position in qualifying this weekend in the UK. His teammate Jason Plato finished second and the Subaru Team BMR finish one-two on the podium.
The team switched to Swindon-prepared Subaru Boxer engines at the start of the year and the new power plants performed well. "I didn't think we'd be in this position a few weeks at Oulton Park," Sutton said. "Running the hard tire made life a bit harder but the gamble paid off. I knew the old boy was coming for me towards the end but I had a bit left in the tank when I needed it. It's great for Subaru, for BMR and for Swindon to get a win under our belt."
Who is this rising star for Subaru and Team BMR? Ash hails from Sheering in the UK, he’s 23 years old, and he made his debut in 2016 after winning the Renault Clio Cup United Kingdom in 2015. He now has 5 poles, and a BTCC Championship driving the rear-drive Subaru Levorg sports tourer for Team BMR.
Subaru and Team BMR’s star, Ash Sutton, starts where he left off winning right out of the gate at the first BTCC race at Croft in the UK this weekend driving the #116 Subaru Levorg. Sutton scores his first win in his title defense.
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