Ashley Sutton admits he will not change his approach as he leads the BTCC into the penultimate event of the season at Silverstone this weekend.
The Team BMR driver hit the top of the championship standings at Rockingham three weeks ago after notching his sixth win of the year and arrives at the home of British motorsport with a 12-point advantage over Colin Turkington.
With fifth place at Rockingham being his lowest race finish since Thruxton, Sutton has been a one-man juggernaut in recent months with seven additional rostrum finishes attributing to his lofty position.
Now carrying 75kgs into this weekend, the reigning Jack Sears Trophy champion has vowed to enter rounds 25, 26 and 27 with the same outlook that has got him this far.
“I’ve got a mentality at the moment which has got me into this position,” Sutton told BTCC Crazy. “Despite leading the championship I’m still going to race in the same manner as I have been.
“My focus is currently on Colin as he is my nearest challenger, we’ve both got a bit of a gap over the others. If I can be either around or ahead of him then that will do this weekend. I’m expecting the likes of Gordon [Shedden] and Rob [Collard] to both be quick and potentially close the gap though.
“At the moment I am pretty relaxed with everything. I’m sure if we have a solid weekend and go into the final round leading the championship I probably won’t be as chilled out as I am currently in that two week gap. I’ve enjoyed being the hunter but now I’m being hunted – it is what it is really.”
Admitting that the straight line limitations of his Subaru Levorg could see him face a difficult weekend at the Northamptonshire-based track, the 23-year-old has stated that teamwork will be vital in setting up a strong race day.
He explained: “As a team we will have a discussion about how we attack qualifying, just like a lot of teams will up and down the paddock.
“Looking at how the car did there last year tells me that it isn’t going to be easy – it never is though. I’ve got a couple of tricks up my sleeve and as I’ve said before, we need to be scoring roughly the same amount of points or more as Colin.”
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