James Cole aiming for three points finishes

James Cole has his sights set on three points finishes at Knockhill after securing a career-best qualifying of sixth yesterday.

Continuing his recent run of good form in Scotland, Cole made sure three Team BMR Subaru Levorg’s start in the top six for the opening race of the day, with Jason Plato and Ashley Sutton sharing the front row.

One of many drivers that set their fastest lap in the final moments of qualifying, the 28-year-old was over the moon with his performance.

“I’m very happy, Saturday was a really good day,” Cole told BTCC Crazy. “I was in the top ten in both practice sessions so I was confident that we had a car that was capable of being towards the front.

“We were waiting for the track to dry in qualifying. I made the switch to slick tyres prior to the first red flag and just focused on building tyre temperature as we could see it was going to dry.

“People can ask what has changed since the start of the season in terms of my performance but the truth is that bad luck has really masked our potential. At Oulton Park we were quick but unlucky and contact at Croft halted our chances of good results.”

Turning his attention to the first of today’s three races, he continued: “My first priority is to make sure I clear Tom [Ingram]. If we can get him out of the way then I’m confident I can latch on to the top four and see how it goes from there. Fifth would be great in race one.

“Overall I just want to have trouble-free weekend and come away with three points finishes, we’ve not managed that yet and this is a great opportunity to do so.”

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