Newly crowned British Touring Car best Ash Sutton was abashed by his Infiniti Q50’s clip on his way to the final-round Brands Hatch achievement that accepted cardinal in his appellation triumph.
Sutton chaotic a nine-point arrears to four-time best Colin Turkington by finishing additional in the wet aperture chase at Brands, but his win additional time out on slicks on a clammy ambit meant he alone bare to accumulate Turkington in afterimage in the finale.
Back on a wet track, Sutton’s Laser Tools Racing Infiniti exhausted Turkington’s West Surrey Racing-run BMW 330i M Sport, the duo finishing sixth and ninth appropriately in the finale.
Sutton, who won the appellation in 2017 with BMR Racing’s Subaru Levorg, was battling his aboriginal BTCC attack with the Infiniti – and the car was ability its aboriginal abounding campaign.
“Weather-wise we were consistently gunning for rain,” Sutton told Autosport. “But I was abashed by my car achievement in chase two aback it broiled out – slicks in the clammy is commonly one of the affliction combinations for a rear-wheel-drive car.
“The clue was dehydration lap by lap, and the aggregation was in my ear giving me ambition times while I was aloof bringing in the tyres – and again I set fastest lap [earning an added point].”
Of the final race, Sutton added: “From the get-go Colin had the ambition of demography it abroad from us.
“I was at the aback [of the action for fifth] for a scattering of laps, but I had a almighty rear-gunner in Aiden [Moffat, team-mate].
“When the gaps opened up I went through, but Aiden has additionally played a massive allotment and so accept the team.
“I came into the weekend with the mindset of actuality able to booty on all the challenges, admitting my fretfulness and my abdomen accomplishing somersaults twenty-four-seven.
“The aggregation accept done a astounding job and the car has been astounding too.”
Laser Tools bang-up Bob Moffat, the ancestor of Aiden, said that the success of the Infiniti was not article he accepted afterwards alone introducing it for his son to drive from the average of the 2019 season, to alter the squad’s Ciceley Motorsport-built Mercedes A-Class.
“I knew the Infiniti would be a bigger chase car than the Mercedes, but to get to area we’ve got in such a abbreviate time is incredible,” Moffat Sr told Autosport.
He added that the team’s amalgamation with Sutton’s old BMR band accepted pivotal.
“You accompany in Ash, who you’d altercate is the best disciplinarian in the championship and that’s why we got him,” said Moffat.
“And with Ash you’ve additionally got addition who’s absurd at rear-wheel drive, and the ability of BMR, and that meant we got bigger rather than activity aback to scratch.
“This wasn’t by blow – this was calculated.”
Moffat said that the LTR/BMR communication would be accessible to architecture chump cars if required.
“We would, 100%,” he said. “Last year I had a few drivers currently in the championship, and two drivers no best in the championship, who capital to drive the Infiniti, but we couldn’t get the accord over the band for assorted reasons.”
Turkington said he could not be too aghast at finishing runner-up, and missing out on what would accept been a hat-trick of BTCC titles.
“We gave it our best attempt on every level,” he told Autosport. “There’s no abashment in finishing runner-up in this championship.
“Winning it three years in a row would accept been incredible, but we aloof didn’t accept the clip in the glace conditions.”
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