Ashley Sutton joins WestCoast Racing for TCR Europe finale at Barcelona
WestCoast Racing enters the final raceweekend in TCR Europe at Barcelona where 2017 BTCC-champion and current BTCC race winner Ashley Sutton joins the team. He will be racing one of three cars WestCoast Racing enters for the final round this year with Andreas and Jessica Bäckman racing the other two cars for the team.
The final raceweekend of the European TCR championship is held in Barcelona at Circuit de Catalunya this weekend and WestCoast Racing will take the opportunity to enter with three cars after having clinched the drivers championship in TCR UK this past weekend. Andreas and Jessica Bäckman will be joined by 2017 BTCC champion Ashley Sutton. WestCoast Racing team manager Dick Jönsson Wigroth explains the team is exploring where to race in 2019 after having run parallell programmes in TCR Scandinavia and TCR UK this year. ”We are considering our options for next year and this was a perfect opportunity for us to get a first taste of TCR Europe”, Dick explains. ”It is especially motivating to be able to work wtih Ashley Sutton for this raceweekend and he will give us a very good indication of how co
mpetitive we can be in TCR Europe and a great opportunity for us to finish off this season strongly. At this moment this is just a one-off but TCR Europe is one of several championships we are considering for next year”.
Ashley Sutton is an established Touringcar-star having won BTCC in 2017 and multiple race wins in BTCC this year. He finished fourth in BTCC this year with six race victories and also joined TCR UK for one race weekend where he won two races. “I am very excited to be competing in the last round of the TCR Europe with WestCoast Racing”, Ashley says. ”I have been keeping my eye on TCR full stop and I’ve been very keen on dipping my toe in the water. I managed to get a taste of TCR UK but I haven’t raced TCR internationally so when I was approached by WestCoast it was the perfect opportunity to do this as it favoured both parties. I’m looking forward to see whats in store this weekend, I haven’t yet driven the Volkswagen Golf GTI and have only done a handful of laps around Catalunya itself. So we will be entering the unknown and be taking it as it comes. The team have just come off the back of wrapping up the UK Championship so they are in a good place and I would like to continue that this weekend”