Specialist Marker Company Artline has dropped the chequered flag on the sponsorship of young racer George Sutton.
George, 16, has been sponsored by Artline for the last three races of the Mini Challenge, as he aims for a top 10 finish in his debut season.
George joined the Artline project in August this year and as part of the sponsorship of the Market Drayton based-racer, thousands of race fans will see the brand’s logo on his 255 BHP Mini Cooper and the young racer’s driving suit for the remainder of the season.
The talented driver, who has been racing from the age of 10, is the youngest on the grid by more than a year and has already made a name for himself this season, finishing above 1992 Le Mans 24-hour winner & Formula 1 driver Mark Blundell during one round, and regularly finishing higher than older much more experienced drivers, some of which have been competing for over 10 years at a national level.
George rose to fame in the Junior Saloon Car Championships, missing out on the headline prize in 2016 by only a few points and now competes in the Mini Challenge.
He has continued to display his upward trajectory in the Mini Challenge this season, even finishing above 1992 Le Mans 24 hour winner Mark Blundell in one stage during an early part of the tournament.
The road to motorsport stardom has certainly been bumpy in places, both financially and emotionally, but after signing the sponsorship deal with international Specialist Marker Manufacturers Artline, he can now look forward to getting back on track at Oulton Park this weekend in the MINI Challenge Series and to the final race of the season at Donington.
The 16-year-old, who has just finished his studies at the Grove School in Market Drayton, Shropshire, is harbouring real hopes of a successful motorsport career, with a spot in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) a realistic aim in the next two years.
George’s natural skills behind the wheel caught the attention of Artline in 2016 and have already raised eyebrows this year as he has propelled up the rankings to 8th position overall in the MINI Challenge Series in a field of 32.
Since his GCSE results this summer George has wasted no time in getting a job with a motorsport role at Valley Motorsport giving him valuable workshop and pitlane experience at various tracks around Europe.
George told me “Next year, I want to be pushing to win the championship. There’s no reason why I can’t if I keep working hard and learning. In the MINI Challenge, the cars are essentially the same with the only variables being the set-up and the driver.Each race allows me to get a better feel for the car and understand more about how it performs and the limits I can take it to. The funding from Artline is huge as it allows us to improve the reliability of the car and conduct more tests between races.”