Origin – GBR
Team – Slidesports (VW Cup 2014)
Date of Birth – 30th April 1990
Resides– Swinton, South Yorkshire
Occupation – Mechanic
Sponsors – Avago Karting / Slidesports
Car Colours – Blue/White/Chrome
Helmet Colours – Yellow/Black/Blue
A brief career summary
Following a successful career in mechanical engineering, Sutton Snr started an indoor kart racing track. It can often be said how everything happens for a reason, because at the tender age of six years, David Sutton experienced his first few laps around the indoor kart track… and started to drive quicker than expected.
The following year David had his first visit to the South Yorkshire Wombwell kart track to watch a race meeting. The officials informed the family that young drivers’ needed to be 8-years of age before they could race, but they would allow David to practice in a lunch break if he had his own kart. Using an indoor Cadet kart, and on only his third lunch break practice session, David lapped just two seconds adrift of a race-prepared Cadet kart race pace. From this experience a proper race-prepared Zip Honda Cadet kart was bought, and the Sutton family started AVAGO kart racing.
1998 – 2002: Quickly on the pace, David started his racing career aged 8-years in the Honda Cadet category. He showed he was suitable for promotion after he finished in 2nd place in the Super 2 Championship in his final year, in addition to winning the ‘W’ Plate at Wombwell, whilst also being crowned the South Yorkshire Kart Club Champion.
2003: Graduation to the quicker Mini Max class. David took part in his first British Championship Super 1 event at Three Sisters in Lancashire. As privateers, with a van and caravan, AVAGO found they were in at the deep end, up against the ‘works’ teams. Against the odds David won that race, with some help and guidance from engine builder Steve Ogden, and Ben, a mechanic the family employed at AVAGO. The season ended with 3rd place in the British Championship. David was also the Winter Series Champion at the Trent Valley Kart Club at PF International, and runner-up in the track’s 2003 Club Championship.
2004: Graduation to the quicker Junior Rotax Max class. Still racing as a private family team, the attention to detail from David and Ben, allowed them to race as a formidable team, as they regularly beat the leading ‘works’ teams in races across the UK. The year ended with a 4th place in the British ‘Open’ Championship.
2005: A solid second year, which saw David win the World Final Qualification race in Malaysia, before going on to the runners-up position in both the Trent Valley Kart Club Championship, and the highly rated Kartmasters event at the same track. A 3rd place in the ‘Champion of Champions’ race brought the year to a satisfying conclusion.
2006 This was David’s last year in Junior Rotax Max. With assistance from the established Gillard Racing Karts, and Ogden Motorsport, David won the “Stars of Tomorrow” Championship with 8 race wins out of 9 starts. Before the season ended he was also crowned the vice-champion in the Super 1 British Championship, as well as undertaking his first international event when he won a European Junior Rotax Max race.
2007: Graduation to Senior level. Budgetary constraints led to fewer races as David made his move to senior level racing. He started, supported by his mechanic Ben, his own race team, whilst running successful joint campaigns as the Team Manager for Junior Rotax Max and Mini Max kart drivers. In spite of contesting only a few personal races, David finished in 3rd place in the Formula ICA ‘O’ plate event, and after an exceptional drive in the wet, finished in a commendable 2nd place in very prestigious Kartmasters at PF International.
2008: Started work at AVAGO as an Assistant Manager, but continued with the running of his own kart racing team. At th end of the year he undertook two single-seater tests at the Bedford Autodrome in Formula Palmer Audi (FPA), where he was quickly on the necessary pace to impress the instructors.
2009: Whilst adding to his racing experiences, and undoubtedly buoyed by the FPA tests, the Sutton team took what was probably be the biggest regret of David’s career, when an old single-seater Formula Renault was acquired. David contested the BARC Formula Renault Championship as a privateer. The season was a very hard, but enjoyable year, with a top finish of 5th place against the established outfits, with several teams recognising his talent and offering him discounted drives for the 2010 season.
2010/2011/2012: With the world in a difficult recessionary period, David decided to follow a limited race programme, when he became the Managing Director of the Sutton family’s new, second AVAGO indoor kart track facility in Chesterfield. Nevertheless, and with little testing, he contested the burgeoning Formula KF2 Championship. Although he was on a limited budget, David competed against the best drivers’ in the UK and, against the odds, finished as the Vice British Champion.
2013: An advertisement in the Autosport magazine for a VW Scholarship caught David’s eye. Concentrating on his fitness, as well as making the most of his media training, David beat all-comers in the competition, to receive a sponsored drive in the 2013 VW Racing Cup, starting at Oulton Park in April.