Formed in 2016 Purple Dot have 40 years experience in the world of Motorsport and High performance cars. A strange statement for us to make?
Not really, Purple Dot has been founded by Tim Sugden who has been in the world of Motorsport since he was 10 years old, initially spectating with his father and then at 12 years old starting racing in Karting events around his home in Yorkshire.
After 5 years of Karting Tim was proud to be British Junior Champion and captain of the British Junior Team.
It was time to move on to car racing and after building up a crashed Formula Ford Tim started to race in local events. Within a few years and with the help of Van Diemen and Scholar Engines, Tim managed to win the Champion of Mallory series, the first car Championship success.
BMW BTCC Break.
After driving for the works Swift team in FF1600 and Formula Renault, the big break came when Tim was selected by BMW from a shortlist of 50 young drivers to be part of the BMW Junior Team driving in BTCC for the amazing Prodrive Team.
It was an amazing time in British Touring Cars, as many as ten major manufacturers and massive media attention, Tim enjoyed racing against the likes of Gabrielle Tarquini, Jochaim Winckhock, Frank Biela, John Cleland etc . During this period Tim drove for works teams at BMW, Toyota, Opel and Vauxhall.
In 1997 Tim had the opportunity to switch to a career in GT Racing, starting off in fine style winning the British GT Championship at the first attempt. An international GT career over the next 18 years saw Tim race and win races and championships all over the world. In addition this he contested blue ribband events such as;
Le Mans 24 Hour – 9 Times
Daytona 24 Hour – 7 Times
Spa 24 Hour – 8 Times
Along the way Tim has raced Aston Martin, Ferrari, Porsche, TVR
The racing story still continues and Tim is really looking forward to 2017 when he will drive a GruppeM Racing Merecedes AMG GT in the Blancpain Asia series.
Throughout the past 25 years Tim Sugden Motorsport have worked in many other areas of the motorsport area and have become a respected consultancy in the areas below:
Just the last point, gave us an amazing and very valuable experience. Over 9 years we assessed over 5,000 inexperienced drivers, teaching them how to drive a racing car and ultimately picking a winner each year who received a fully paid season of racing. This process got hundreds of people into racing but also launched the full time professional career of 5 drivers, including World Touring Car Champion Rob Huff.
Aston Martin, BMW, Citroen, Opel, Porsche, TVR, Mercedes, Pagani, Renault, Honda, Vauxhall, Volkswagen, Prodrive, RML, Strakka Racing, JMW Motorsport, GruppeM Racing, JCT600, Vent-Axia, JBL, Revo, SONY, Michelin, Dunlop, Harman Kardon, Pace, EMI, TriGard, Jersey Post.
For many years Tim Sugden Motorsport have been involved in Road car work, from working as test drivers for several manufacturers, to driving work for film and TV production and shows. We have also worked with tuning companies including testing at Nordsleiffe.
This road car experience has led us to launch our new Purple Dot Tuning arm. Here we specialise in being able to provide a properly engineered coherent package for a car, rather than just a collection of parts which may not actually compliment each other or the vehicle. Starting with a discussion about your style of driving and your intended uses, ie road, track, or a combination, we will provide a solution which suits you and your car.
Tim Sugden has for many years competed in worldwide GT Races including the infamous Le Mans 24hr, Daytona, Spa etc. Tim has raced extensively in Asia winning the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Championship as well as many wins and podium finishes in FIA, LMS, ALMS and British GT races. For more information see his Biography page including a summary of Career Notable Results
Perhaps most notable is the award by Porsche Motorsport in 2005 of the Porsche Cup for the most successful driver of non works cars that year, worldwide, only the second British driver to win that award at the time.
Tim first read about Karting aged 9, the article said you could start racing when you were 12 so Tim started saving and bought his first Kart at the age of 11. Karting was a great grounding, Tim winning his first national championship at the age of 16 and becoming Captain of the British Team.
After successful seasons in Formula Ford and Formula Renault as Factory Swift Driver, Tim raced briefly in British F3000 before getting his big break when he was selected in 1990 to be part of the BMW Junior team run by Prodrive in the BTCC. There then followed 6 fantastic years in the BTCC as Factory Driver for BMW, Toyota and Opel.
In 1997 Tim moved to GT racing. In his first year with EMKA racing he raced a GT2 Porsche, winning the British GT Championship, followed by a second championship in 1998, with a McLaren F1 GTR which also scored an amazing 4th place overall in the 1998 24 hour race at Le Mans, the highest private car in amongst many factory entries.
In 2000 Tim began full time FIA International GT racing. 2001 was another year of FIA before 2002 when the team returned to the British Championship and finished 2nd in the series by just 2 points. In 2003 EMKA returned to the FIA GT series with the Porsche GT3RS scoring two wins and finishing 4th in the points. Tim also drove one of the works TVRs at Le Mans.
2004 was a brilliant year racing in the American Le Mans Series and British GT Championships. Tim competed in 29 races finishing in the top 6 – 21 times with 13 podiums including 5 wins, 5 second places and 3 third places.
For 2005, Tim raced with Factory Porsche Team-GruppeM in the FIA GT Championship. Tim also competed with GruppeM Racing in the Le Mans Endurance Series and in selected ALMS races with J3 Racing. In all he had 17 top 6 finishes from 22 races, including 9 podium positions. This success lead to Tim winning the Porsche Cup, which is awarded annually by Porsche to the most successful driver of Porsche racing cars worldwide, an accolade that Tim is most proud of.
For 2006 Tim moved to a pair of the new Ferrari F430 GTC cars with Virgo in the Le Mans Series and JMB-GruppeM in the FIA Championship. Pole positions and wins were achieved in both series with Tim also contesting Le Mans in a Ferrari 550 GT1 car.
2007 brought another Championship win driving for GruppeM in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia (PCCA). In addition Tim contested many of the major GT races in Europe and America, including Daytona, Spa and Sebring.
In 2008 Tim again contested all the major GT races, including Daytona, Sebring, Le Mans, Spa 24 and LMS. Tim also took guest drives in Grand-Am and FIA, all this in addition to another year of Porsche Cup Asia where he finished 3rd in the series.
In 2009 Tim contested another year of the Asian Cup, plus all the major GT races including Le Mans in June with JMW Motorsport. He also competed at the Rolex Daytona 24 Hour race for J.Lowe Racing. The year ended with Tim coming runner up in the Porsche Asia Cup, missing First by just one point!
2010 sees Tim contesting all the major GT races,and once again driving for JMW Motorsport at Le Mans. In addition he will drive for Thunder Asia in the Japanese GT Championship.
In addition to driving, Tim has always been involved in other aspects of the sport. Running his own team from 1999 to 2005, Tim Sugden Motorsport contested Vauxhall Junior, Formula Ford, Formula Renault, British GT, and the Clio Cup. Along the way, victories were gained in all categories including taking the overall 2001 Clio Cup Championship.
Driver management began in 2001 with James Walker and Tim now looks after the careers of several drivers, from up and coming superstars to established professionals.
Add to this a ten year period of running the bearacingdriver.com scholarship from 1997 to 2007 and it illustrates that Tim really has been involved in all facets of this wonderful sport.