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Tim Sugden Biography2018-11-05T17:20:09+00:00

Biography – Tim Sugden

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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.

Tim’s Career

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.

Tim Sugden Notable Results

Championships Won:

  • Junior National Karting “Road and Racing Racewear” Series Champion 1980

  • Unigas Star Of Mallory champion FF1600 1987

  • British GT Champion 1997

  • British GT1 Champion 1998

  • Porsche Cup Winner 2005 (Awarded by Porsche to the most successful racer of Porsche cars worldwide in any year, any series)

  • Asian Carrera Cup Champion 2007

Other top championship finishes:

  • 3rd in Honda CRX Challenge

  • 2nd in British GT Championship 2002 and 2004

  • 3rd F Renault Championship 1988

  • 2nd FIA GT2 Championship 2005

  • 3rd Le Mans Series 2006

  • 3rd Asian Carrera Cup Championship 2008

  • 2nd Asian Carrera Cup Championship 2009

  • Daytona 24 Hour 2011 – 2nd

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