Ashley Sutton delighted to hold off late Jason Plato charge to claim fifth win

Ashley Sutton was left over the moon to fend off a late charge from Jason Plato to claim his fifth win of the season at Knockhill in a restarted race two.

Leading the second Team BMR 1-2 of the day, Sutton made his move on race one winner Plato at the halfway marker and made a momentary escape.

Heading into the final few laps around the Fife circuit, the double champion began to pressure Sutton however the 23-year-old was able to hold on.

“That was a close one, he certainly kept me honest,” Sutton told BTCC Crazy. “I had cooked my rear tyres due to pushing hard when I got past him so he piled on the pressure in the closing stages. It was a really good battle.

“During the opening laps I kept him on my radar and was seeing where he was strong and not so strong. Once we had built a gap over the BMW’s I could start really teeing up where I could make move.

“It has been the perfect day for the team so far and it has done my championship hopes the world of good. We have really made the most of the car working well around this circuit.

“There is still one more race to go now so we will see what we can achieve.”

Virtue of his victory, Sutton has elevated himself to second in the championship standings and now sits just two points behind Colin Turkington.

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