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.
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, Mercedes.
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.