Bishop's Stortford driver Ashley Sutton claims historic first win for the Infiniti Q50 as Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship resumes at Donington Park
Ashley Sutton was overjoyed to claim a historic first win for the Infiniti Q50 on the opening weekend of the 2020 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship.
Making his debut for Laser Tools Racing at Donington Park, the Bishop's Stortford driver was part of an enthralling four-way battle for first place in the third and final race, with some breathtaking overtakes ultimately ensuring he pulled clear of the pack to triumph.
In what was an excellent start to the campaign, the 26-year-old former Birchwood High School pupil recovered brilliantly from a spin to move up from last to 14th in race one and came fifth in race two as well as setting the fastest lap in all three races.
Sutton's success in the last event was not only the 15th of the 2017 champion's BTCC career but also the first for the Infiniti Q50, which made its debut five years ago.
He is third in the drivers' championship and second in the independents' drivers' trophy going into this weekend's races around the Grand Prix layout of Brands Hatch.
"What a weekend, I'm over the moon! Coming into the weekend I thought we would be in the mix but this has gone beyond what I expected," said an ecstatic Sutton.
"It's pretty cool to be able to go down in the BTCC history books as the first driver to win in an Infiniti.
"As long as we can keep this momentum going, I know I've got the best team behind me with Laser Tools Racing and BMR Engineering to launch a title challenge - the results this weekend mean a lot to everyone involved and they deserve all the credit.
"This car is phenomenal and it gives me such confidence to drive it the way I have been - it's the best I've ever felt in the car.
"I'm really looking forward to going to Brands Hatch GP and seeing what we can achieve there."