It was one of the most dominant Touring car performances we’ve seen in years from Ash Sutton this season, but the question is how he will cope in 2024?
This season through the dominance, we’ve seen a glimpse of the future with some stars bursting onto the scene.
So, who is there to look out for in 2024?
At the time of recording Doble is currently racing a Vauxhall Astra for PowerMaxed Racing, which is one of the faster independent teams on the grid.
Before the 2023 season, Doble was largely unknown to BTCC audiences. His biggest achievements were championships in the BMW Compact Cup and in the Ginetta GT5 challenge in 2022.
His first eight rounds were weak, finishing in the top 15 only once.
However, as the season went on he became a consistent top 15 runner, only finishing outside of the points seven times in the remaining 21 rounds.
The highlight of this period was his Pole position at Silverstone, which gave Power Max their first pole in four years and was the first non-Napa pole all season.
So he’ll want to continue his upward momentum into next season.
Daniel Loyld despite being on and off the grid for the past 13 years, is a talent for the future in the British Touring Car Championship.
After a quick, but finically worrying season in 2022, he joined Team Hard for 2023, who themselves aren’t the most competitive team on the grid.
So, not much was expected of Dan as the Cupra was really not one of the fastest cars on the grid, and lacked reliability.
However, he showed the talented driver that he is with Huddersfield man taking the car into the top ten nine times over the season.
This doesn’t even factor in his heartbreaking drive shaft failure on the final lap at Donington Park, costing him a fairytale win.
He finished the season in 13th on 111 points beating drivers in faster machinery like Tom Chilton.
Therefore, he is a driver on everyone’s minds heading in 24.
Huff looks to have got the itch back for the BTCC after his appearance for Team Hard at Knockhill, along with his testing for Speedworks Toyota last month.
His last full-season campaign came in 2004, to put that in perspective that’s the year I was born, with him coming 7th in the championship with two wins for Seat.
He went on to become World Touring Car champion in 2012 with Chevrolet by 12 points, beating Touring car legends Yvan Muller and Alain Menu to the title with five wins over the season.
Despite, being in touring cars for so long he is still right on the money pace-wise coming third with Comtoyou Racing in the TCR World Tour, 26 points from the title.
He’s very popular too racing all over the world, especially considering he has his own waz model in the Hong Kong version of Madame Tussauds.
Hill led the way for West Surrey racing in their fleet of BMW 330i’s this season, firmly cementing himself as the future of the team, as Colin Turkington had no answers for him.
His stand-out drive from this season came at Oulton Park, where he nearly achieved a hat trick of race wins with two wins and a second position, in a mind-blowing result for the young Brit.
The other good thing about Hill is his continuous progression, with him taking five wins his most in a BTCC season.
The only thing is he did finish with 8 fewer points than in last season’s championship, but I think we can forgive this.
Jake Hill is also extremely popular with British Motorsport fans with his on-the-limit driving style, which is evident every year at Goodwood and other classic events when he gets behind the wheel of the Ric Wood Motorsport R34.
So, with him finishing third yet again this season, fans wouldn’t mind if he could make the step up to champion.
Need I say more… Well, I do.
2023 has been the season of dominant drivers in motorsport.
You have had Palou in IndyCar, you’ve had Max Verstappen in Formula 1, and in the BTCC you’ve had Napa Racing UK and Ash Sutton.
He finished off the podium only ten times out of the 30 rounds in this seasons championship, which is unheard of, for British Touring Car racing, consistency wise.
One stand-out moment for him, from many this season, was at Brands Hatch Indy where his lowest finishing position over that weekend was second, out of the three races.
The reason that Sutton will want to go out and impress next season is his aim to become the most successful driver in the championships history, with five titles to his name.
Only one question remains though… Can he do it?