The 27-year-old will line up alongside Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion and 2019/20 BTCC title contender Dan Cammish within the two-car NAPA superteam in what Sutton describes as “a multi-year deal”.
Motorbase will even proceed to run two-time BTCC race winner Ollie Jackson and Sam Osborne, son of group proprietor Pete Osborne, in its different two Focuses.
Sutton received his 2020 and 2021 titles in an Infiniti Q50 entered by Laser Instruments Racing, however which was successfully operated by members of BMR Racing, the group run by his supervisor Warren Scott and with which he claimed his first BTCC crown in 2017 with the Subaru Levorg.
Rumours of a cut up between BMR and Laser Instruments started circulating earlier than the tip of the 2021 season, and it’s understood that BMR had a BTCC Jaguar XE mission below approach earlier than the choice was taken to go to Motorbase.
BMR’s sole TBL BTCC entrants’ licence was additionally absorbed for 2022 by Aiden Moffat Racing, the corporate of Laser Instruments boss Bob Moffat’s BTCC race-winning son.
“Pete [Osborne] solely got here to me a few months in the past to see if I used to be , however I wasn’t certain what my commitments could be,” Sutton advised Autosport.
“I had a couple of offers on the desk, and needed to work out which one I needed to go for. It grew to become obvious that what Pete was providing with the NAPA partnership might safe me within the BTCC for a wise period of time.”
Sutton can also be taking the nucleus of his BMR crew with him to Motorbase. This consists of Antonio Carrozza, who was a part of BMR when Sutton received the 2017 crown, after which led the redesign on the Infiniti for 2020 and race-engineered him to the previous two titles.
Ash Sutton, Dan Cammish, Motorbase Efficiency
Photograph by: Motorbase Efficiency
“I’ve acquired Antonio Carrozza, my number-one mechanic, and we’ve additionally introduced my knowledge engineer from the previous couple of seasons,” added Sutton.
“They’re now part of the Motorbase household and are engaged on the brand new mission.”
With Sutton famend as a rear-wheel-drive specialist, the change to the Focus ST represents a return to front-driven NGTC equipment for the primary time since his rookie BTCC marketing campaign in 2016.
However he has had newer FWD expertise, with cameo outings in TCR Europe and TCR UK in 2018-19, in addition to a growth position on Volkswagen’s TCR mission.
“I keep in mind leaping in a TCR automotive at Oulton, and in my first session we had been quickest,” he stated.
“Then I did some TCR Europe and we had been within the high three immediately.
“It’s about discovering the bounds – front-wheel drive strikes round quite a bit in another way to a rear-wheel-drive automotive, so it’s getting my head round that.
“However having Dan within the group means we are going to push one another on – I’m wanting ahead to exploring my very own limits and us transferring the group ahead collectively.
“My aim is to be going out for the championship – I’d prefer to assume I’m a driver who comes into it yearly with that aim.”
Sutton’s place at Laser Instruments alongside Moffat will be taken by Scottish teenager Dexter Patterson in 2022.