Ash Sutton was in a confident mood when he and new teammate Aiden Moffat unveiled the newly-liveried Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 at last week’s Autosport International Show.
Sutton, who became the BTCC’s youngest ever series champion in 2017 makes the move from the BMR-built Subaru Levorg to the Infiniti Q50 for the 2020 BTCC campaign. He was confident that he would be able to challenge the likes of West Surrey Racing and Team Dynamics.
“The car that Aiden ran in 2019 was first brought into the championship in 2014, so although Laser Tools Racing updated it to the current NGTC specs, it is, shall we say, a little bit out of date,” Sutton said.
“With the build of the two new cars behind the scenes, a lot of what we have learned with the Subarus, which was a constant evolution, has been carried over into the design of the new Infinitis. That is going to be a key part of pushing this car onto the next level.”
The challenge that we will be up against this year will be learning the two new cars, and finding our feet with them. We fully intend to take the fight up to the likes of the BMWs and the Hondas, but there are new names on the grid, and drivers in different teams this year, so we don’t know what to expect for this up and coming season.”
After a difficult 2019 campaign which ended with Sutton 8th in the overall championship standings, the former Clio Cup, Jack Sears Trophy and BTCC champion was excited about this prospects ahead of the new season.
Sutton continued; “Coming into this season I haven’t been this excited since 2017, and that year we won the championship. I feel that we are piecing together the puzzle to be able to deliver ourselves to the last round of the championship and be in the title fight. The key thing for me is to be consistent — yes, everyone wants race wins, but we’ve got to pick these points up. Points mean prizes and we’re after that big prize at the end of the year.”
2020 will mark the first time Laser Tools Racing lines up on the BTCC grid as a two-car outfit, and Sutton’s arrival at the team means that the Infiniti Q50’s will be driven by a pair of young, hungry drivers who both have race-winning experience. Sutton believes himself and Moffat is a good combination to take the team forward and is happy to play the team game to help move the team up the BTCC grid.
“We’ve already made quite an impact, with the expansion of Laser Tools Racing and me joining the team,” said Sutton. “You’ve got two young gun drivers that are both very fiery, that’s a combination that’s going to turn some heads and it seems to be doing that already.
“I’m all about playing the team game, working together is what makes us grow and will push us further up the grid. Bouncing information back and forth, learning from each other and making sure that we look out for each other on the circuit. Touring car racing is very close, rough and tough — to have a teammate that you can rely on for backup is crucial.”
Ash Sutton will make his Laser Tools Racing debut at the first round of the 2020 BTCC season on the weekend of March 28th/29th at Donington Park.