Ashley Sutton heaps praise on Willie Poole, Team BMR after two-week Subaru turnaround

Ashley Sutton has heaped praise on Team BMR and Willie Poole Motorsport following a frantic effort to repair the damage his Subaru Levorg sustained in the final race at Snetterton two weeks ago.

Following on from his double win at the Norfolk circuit, the 23-year-old’s rear-wheel-drive machine suffered a side-on impact from Rob Austin on the opening lap of the reverse grid encounter.

Retiring from the race, work immediately began to set about fixing the damage to Sutton’s car, with the team working through the weekend [5/6 August] to rebuild it once it was returned to them by Poole.

“Willie Poole is an absolute superstar!” Sutton told BTCC Crazy. “The team did a great job to get the car stripped down as soon as possible, then it was over to Willie – who worked his magic.

“Considering he had the third Motorbase car to finish as well, he has done a phenomenal job to make sure we made it here [Knockhill]. I was with the guys at the weekend as they worked flat-out to rebuild it so that we could race this weekend.”

Finishing the opening practice session 20th, the Jack Sears Trophy champion admits the times set shouldn’t be taken too seriously given the weather conditions and forecast for the rest of the weekend.

He added: “Overall it was a bit of a pointless session. If you look at the forecast, it is likely going to be dry for the rest of the weekend s0 you don’t really learn anything. We took care of a bit of housework and that was it – we’ll show our hand more in the second session.”

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