James Sutton has described winning the 2011 Porsche Carrera Cup GB title the greatest achievement of his racing career to date, after the SAS/Redline driver securing his second series tirle during the championships final rounds at Silverstone.
Sutton, who turns 26 this week, won the crown after overcoming team-mate Michael Meadows and fellow rival Stephen Jelley at the final meeting, after a season long battle between the three. Sutton took three wins and eleven other podiums over the year, adding the 2011 crown to his 2007 success and 2009 vice-champion achievement.
Sutton believes that this has been the toughest season in the Carrera Cup GB yet, commenting: “It was a very tough season and I consider this the biggest achievement of my career so far, based purely on the people I've had to compete against. To finally come away with the title feels fantastic. We had to work hard to make this year happen in the first place.
“I've struggled to keep pace with Michael Meadows; he's been driving so well. Stephen Jelley, Euan Hankey, Sam Tordoff, Richard Plant, Ben Hetherington and Jonas Gelzinis; those are the people I've had to try and beat week in, week out, and it's not easy. It's a very good feeling.”
Immediately after the race on Sunday, Sutton said: “I was waiting for the phone alarm to go off and wake up again in a Travelodge on Sunday morning all over again. After the race I felt numb. Over the last couple of laps it felt like someone else was driving the car!”