Team BMR boss Warren Scott says he is full of pride for Ashley Sutton after the 23-year-old clinched the 2017 BTCC title at the wheel of his Subaru Levorg last weekend.
Choosing to step down from BTCC driving duties at the start of the year, Scott has overseen his team’s rise to the touring car summit, with Sutton prevailing as champion in the final race of the year at Brands Hatch GP less than a week ago.
Scott debuted in the BTCC in 2013, entering a SEAT Leon under the BMR banner and has since grown the outfit from a one-car Independent entrant to a fully-fledged four-car manufacturer-backed powerhouse.
Picking up Sutton along the way as part of the BMR Academy, Scott was over the moon to have seen the Essex-based racer achieve his lifelong dream and secure the biggest prize in British motorsport in just his second season.
“It is just fantastic to see what he and the whole team have achieved,” Scott told BTCC Crazy. “I’m very emotional over it all as it has been a real challenge.
“When I joined the BTCC in 2013 it was very much as a hobby. I had a real passion for competing and it just so happened that the BTCC was the best place to be at the time – and it still is to this day.
“Never was it originally in my plans to grow into a four-car, manufacturer-backed team, however that is what has happened and I’m so happy that that has been the case. Winning the title makes all the struggles that every team will go through at points worthwhile.
“It was obvious from the first time that I saw Ashley on track that he was a special talent. He is the perfect package both on and off the track and I’m so proud of hikm. To win the BTCC at just 23 says all you need to know about how good he is.
“Despite having his back against the wall at times, especially after race two at Brands Hatch, I will always put my money on Ashley because he is a fighter and when he is under pressure he never fails to deliver. He has all the making’s of forging a big career for himself.
“The aim now is to come back and defend it in 2018.”
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