Sutton happy with first BMR tests

Ashley Sutton has described himself as “very happy” with the way he and his BMR team have gelled with their Renault UK Clio Cup car after their first tests with it together.
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Sutton, a finalist of the high profile McLaren Autosport Young Driver of the Year award last, appeared to be rapidly into the groove in wet and dry conditions at Thruxton, Hants.

A two-day test at Snetterton, Norfolk followed as the single-seater convert (for many he was the stand-out talent of 2014’s MSA Formula championship) continued to rack up the miles. He is also in action today (Weds 4th March) for the second of two days of testing at Oulton Park, Cheshire.

Sutton’s entry in this year’s Clio Cup is certainly one to watch, with BMR overseeing his car as it expands into Renault UK’s famed single-model category for the first time. BMR will also run cars for another Renault single-make champ Jason Plato, 2011 Clio Cup runner-up Aron Amith and Colin Turkington in this year’s British Touring Car Championship.

The Bishops Stortford racer commented: “It took me about ten laps of Thruxton to adapt to the Clio Cup car and from there on I just kept learning more and more every time I left the pit lane – I did have one very big moment coming through Noble at high speed but luckily held it.

“I absolutely love the car. It’s a bit different to what I’m used to and at first I had to get used to how it moves about and to keep my foot in when if it goes a bit sideways instead of lifting off which you do with rear-wheel-drive!”

He added: “Snetterton was very good as well. The Clio Cup isn’t racing there this year but the track was much clearer than at Thruxton and we had 2014’s race event times to benchmark ourselves against. I don’t want to give too much away except to say I was very happy with our times, especially in race trim.

“Snetterton also has a lot of different types of corner in it so we know if we can set competitive times around there then we should have a good base set-up to work from at most circuits. It’s important to get as much seat time in the car between now and the start of the season – we’re only a month away.”


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