‘It feels phenomenal’ – Sutton delighted to claim back-to-back titles

Ash Sutton was delighted to secure his third British Touring Car Championship title and a second consecutive with Laser Tools Racing.

The 27-year-old became a three-time BTCC champion by the end of the second race at the Brands Hatch GP circuit.

He led a 33-point margin over Colin Turkington who was unable to close the gap.

After winning overall titles in 2017, 2020, and 2021, the Laser Tools Racing driver joins the likes of Gordon Shedden who is the only current triple champion on the grid.

“It feels phenomenal. It feels better than the last time.

“To do it back-to-back I think is the key element here [and] it just proves we’re not one-shot wonders.

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“I’ve loved every second of this year.”

Sutton led the overall driver’s championship standings from the third race weekend, at Brands Hatch Indy, to carry the lead all through until the finale to claim the title one race early.

He talked through how he frequently set the quickest laps in his Infiniti Q50 whilst carrying the 75 kg weight ballast, as a consequence from leading the standings.

“I think we just have the car very dialed in. We carried better than the BMW (West Surrey Racing’s 330i M Sport).

“A couple of front-wheel drive cars that can carry it well, but that has been the biggest part of this whole year is being able to carry that weight.”

His closest rival for the title Colin Turkington was one position behind during Race 2, but their proximity did little to narrow the gap.

The Infiniti driver was confident he was able to wrap up the title with a significant points gap differentiating himself and the four-time champion.

He won five races this year, an identical amount to last season.

Furthermore, he stood on the podium nine times as he accumulated only one retirement and points-scoring efforts at all other rounds (29 races).

Sutton ended the final weekend of 2021 with 357 points over second-placed Colin Turkington who finished on 306 points.