Ashley Sutton: “We’ve got a great opportunity for some big results”

Ashley Sutton is optimistic of continuing his rich vein form at Knockhill today as he bids to further stake his claim to this year’s title.

The Team BMR driver produced a scintillating lap during a dramatic qualifying session to make it an all-Team BMR front row, with Jason Plato taking his 50th career pole position.

“At least qualifying shows that I’m not a one-man band anymore,” Sutton joked to BTCC Crazy following the session. “Qualifying was always going to be a case of the last person across the line had the best shot of pole position.

“I didn’t get a clean lap but it was good enough for second and to have Jason on the front row with me is great for not only the team but him as well. I’m over the moon for him as he deserves it.

“Having Jason put it on pole position shows that the car is moving forward, and it isn’t just me. In my eyes, the hard bit has been done and now we need to just go and see what we can achieve – we’ve got a great opportunity for some big results though.”

With his championship protagonists, Colin Turkington and Rob Collard, filling row two for the opening race, the 23-year-old admits working together with his Subaru team-mate will be pivotal.

He said: “Conversations will be had but we know that the most important thing is to bring home the best results possible for the team. In an ideal world we will get our heads down and try build a gap between us and the BMW’s. We have a good couple of shots for some silverware.

“I’m still not fully thinking about the championship but I am aware that this is probably our best circuit out of the remaining rounds we visit.”

Sutton will start the opening race of the day on the soft compound tyre, with Plato running the normal compound.

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