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The Villeneuve-esque ‘engineer’s dream’ who lit up BTCC 2020 | BTCC

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The Gilles Villeneuve of the British Touring Automobile Championship took residence the final word prize in 2020 after a sensational show all through this oddest of seasons, his otherworldly pure expertise, automotive management and racecraft allied to an insatiable urge for food for overtaking. And he did so on the wheel of a totally redesigned and re-engineered automotive that had a complete dry-weather mileage nonetheless solely in double figures when the motion kicked off.

Ash Sutton, Laser Instruments Racing, BMR Engineering and the Infiniti Q50 pulled off a smash-and-grab heist from beneath the noses of the acknowledged BTCC commonplace setters: four-time champion Colin Turkington, West Surrey Racing and the BMW 330i M Sport. It seemed to be a season-long efficiency of fizzing opportunism and audacity – far faraway from the softly-softly Turkington/WSR method – however in actuality it’s a must to delve a lot additional again even than the coronavirus-extended 2019-20 low season to find the roots of what transpired.

Sutton, after all, had been the (actually) blue-eyed boy of his supervisor Warren Scott’s BMR Subaru crew, successful the championship on the second try – and in solely his fifth season of automotive racing – in 2017. However the Levorg was progressively handicapped out of constant competitiveness by BTCC organiser TOCA.

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