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Former BTCC champion Sutton back with BMR for 2019

Friday, February 22 2019

Ash Sutton will return to the wheel of a BMR Racing Subaru Levorg GT for the 2019 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship, as he continues his relationship with the Japanese manufacturer's official team for a third season.

Sutton joins Senna Proctor in a two-car line-up for 2019 as the team retains official backing from Subaru (UK).

The 2017 champion narrowly missed out on a second crown last year, as he won six races and racked up eight podium finishes.

Sutton said: "First thing's first; I am bouncing off the walls to be returning for my fourth BTCC season and my third season with the BMR, Adrian Flux Subaru Racing outfit. Secondly, trying to keep this on the lo-down since the end of last year has been very difficult!

"My second season, 2017, was really the start of a journey for me, landing myself a manufacturer seat in Subaru, with a fantastic team behind it. Alongside representing our prestigious sponsor, Adrian Flux Insurance Services, pushing the program, it was simply a dream.

"To be the one to go and secure them their first BTCC title made it very clear that this would now be home for me.

"Having all parties back on-board for the 2019 season means we have all the required assets to step it up a level. With the addition of Senna Proctor as my team-mate, who, like myself, originally progressed through the BMR Academy, we're looking good for a strong campaign.

"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 BTCC's official pre-season launch test takes place on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit on 27 March, before the season kicks off on the same layout on 6-7 April.

Fans can then see Sutton in action at Donington Park on 27-28 April, Oulton Park on 29-30 June, Snetterton on 3-4 August, and then again at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit season finale on 12-13 October.