Ashley Sutton Aiming For Top Five On Snetterton Grid For MG


Triple Eight drivers Ashley Sutton and Josh Cook gave positive feedback for MG ahead of qualifying for the sixth Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship meeting of the season at Snetterton.

The MG team enter the Norfolk meeting in good spirits following victory for rookie Sutton in the most recent race at Croft in June, heading to a circuit that Jack Goff claimed victory at this time last season in the MG6 GT.

Sutton ended the day’s two free practice sessions lying second in the overall times behind Adam Morgan‘s Mercedes, hopeful of continuing his form as the season’s best qualifier on average.

“We’ve had a few moments between free practice one and two just trying to find the right balance”, Sutton told TCF prior to qualifying, earning the luxury of a run on Dunlop’s latest tyre compound.

“We not really had a proper run on the new tyres yet. That run in FP2 on the new tyre was the first, so we’ve now got more time to focus on ourselves and the car.

“I’m going into the round with a fresh mindset”, added Sutton. “I never think any different.

“I’ll just go and do what I normally do. I’ve already got my first pole, first podium and first win. I’ve done the three things I wanted to do in my first year, so now it’s about focusing on being consistent.”

On the team’s intentions for the afternoon’s qualifying session at 15:50, Sutton has high hopes for another top-five qualifying performance.

“I’m always happy with a top five. Then, you’re in with a shout and out of the carnage so it’s where I’d like to stay. If I can find a little bit more time, yes, a top-five is possible is qualifying. It’s such a long lap that trying to string all three sectors up is difficult.”

Team-mate Cook meanwhile added to TCF: “I really don’t know where we’re going to be in qualifying.

“Ashley went well in that session and he’s had a run on the new tyres already. We’ll make a few adjustments again before qualifying.”