Sutton Raises The Bar In Rookie Clio Cup Campaign


Ashley Sutton’s hugely impressive maiden season in the Renault UK Clio Cup has seen him already collect more points and more podium finishes than any ‘rookie’ driver in the series since 2010.

The 21 year old has been a revelation in the Clio Cup since his move from Formula Ford GB, with a second place finish in his debut race at Brands Hatch setting the tone for a podium-filled campaign.

Sutton has finished in the top three in ten of the fourteen races so far this season, with his victory at Rockingham earlier this month being his third of the campaign so far.

Those results mean that even with four races remaining of the season, the Team BMR-backed racer  has already surpassed the points totals accumulated by the top ‘Rookie’ drivers in each of the last five seasons:

Year

Driver Wins Podiums Fastest Laps Pole Positions Points Ave. Pts Per Race

Final Position

2010

James Dixon 2 5 3 3 285 17.8 6th
2011 Josh Files 0 2 1 0 209 13.1

7th

2012

Josh Cook 2 4 0 0 287 17.9 5th
2013 Alex Morgan 1 5 0 0 330 20.6

2nd

2014

Charlie Ladell 0 0 0 0 177 14.8 11th
2015 Ashley Sutton 3 10 3 3 349 24.9

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Sutton heads into the final four races of the 2015 season right in contention for the drivers title. If he emerges victorious in the championship battle, he would become the first Rookie to win the outright title for over a decade, since Jonathan Fildes in 2003.