Sutton: BTCC title victory “means the absolute dream”

2020 BTCC champion Ash Sutton has spoken about what his second title win means for him, after being crowned in the final race of the year.

The condensed 2020 BTCC season came down to a dramatic conclusion around the Brands Hatch Indy circuit, with Sutton emerging victorious ahead of Team BMW’s Colin Turkington, who was just 14 points behind.

Sutton came to Brands Hatch nine points behind Turkington in the championship and with everything to play for.

It was a weekend which all seemed to fall into place for Sutton, with the 26-year-old featuring on the podium in the first two races of the weekend, and ending the final race in sixth, comfortably ahead of his rival Turkington, who finished ninth.

The Laser Tools Racing driver had the upper-hand in all three races, especially when the wet weather came into play in the first and third races of the day.

Speaking to ITV shortly after the race, the now two-time champion told of how he felt to secure the title.

“It means the absolute dream to get this,” he said.

“For an independent team to win the overall championship, it’s been a long time since that’s happened.

“It’s just a real shame that we can’t experience it with the crowd and the fans.”

With the Covid-19 pandemic casting doubt on the 2020 season even starting, Sutton expressed his happiness on the fact any on-track action was possible.

“It’s been an absolute mega year to even get racing,” he said.

The British driver had to remain patient in the final race, after having to sit behind Turkington for a large part of it without putting his championship victory at risk.

Sutton says he wasn’t thinking about overtaking the BMW unless an opportunity arose.

“We sat there behind Colin [in race three],” he said.

“I was not willing to make a move until he made a mistake or left the door open.

“From that point onwards [after overtaking Turkington] we just drove off into the distance.”

Sutton will be confident to defend his crown next year in the BTCC and get off to a good start, with the championship expected to get underway in early April 2021 around the Brands Hatch Indy track.