Ash Sutton takes Silverstone BTCC pole position in Triple Eight MG

Triple Eight Racing MG driver Ash Sutton took the second pole position of his British Touring Car Championship career ahead of Sunday's Silverstone round

Ash Sutton takes Silverstone BTCC pole position in Triple Eight MG

Sutton's MG was fastest when the session was red flagged with just four minutes remaining because of Mark Howard's off at Copse Corner.

He had posted the day's fastest lap on a 58.321s, which put him in front of the Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis of Tom Ingram, with team-mate Josh Cook third and Andrew Jordan's Motorbase Performance Ford Focus fourth.

The timing is reset with five minutes on the clock after a red flag, which prompted a last minute flurry of attempts to improve when the session restarted.

With the circuit busy as drivers gambled on improving their lap times in the dying moments, none of the main players were able to make progress

Sutton said: "I went back out at the end to see if we needed to go for a time but everyone was tripping over each other. The car was magic though and I think it will be even better in the race, so I am very confident."

Behind Jordan, the third row was shared by Adam Morgan's Ciceley Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class and Rob Austin's Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis.

Matt Neal used slipstreaming with his team-mate Gordon Shedden to take seventh in his Honda Civic Type-R, saddled with 66kg of ballast.

Shedden, with 57kg, was 10th, behind Hunter Abbott's Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Cruze and Aron Smith's Team BKR VW CC.

Championship leader Sam Tordoff hauled his 75kg of success ballast to 17th place in his WSR BMW 125i M Sport while his team-mate Rob Collard, also in the hunt for the title, had his fastest lap deleted for a track limits infringement and could only manage 25th.

Both of the WSR men had visited the gravel at Luffield corner earlier on in the session after a small collision between the two.

Motorbase Performance Ford Focus driver Mat Jackson, who is fourth in the standings, was a lowly 21st.

Warren Scott was fastest of the factory Subaru Levorg GTs in 13th place, with Colin Turkington and Jason Plato sharing row eight.

QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Ash Sutton Triple Eight/MG MG 58.321s -
2 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 58.324s 0.003s
3 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 58.467s 0.146s
4 Andrew Jordan Motorbase Performance Ford 58.481s 0.160s
5 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 58.537s 0.216s
6 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 58.598s 0.277s
7 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 58.671s 0.350s
8 Hunter Abbott Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 58.709s 0.388s
9 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BKR Volkswagen 58.724s 0.403s
10 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 58.780s 0.459s
11 Jake Hill Team Hard Toyota 58.857s 0.536s
12 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 58.876s 0.555s
13 Warren Scott Team BMR Subaru 58.883s 0.562s
14 Martin Depper Eurotech Racing Honda 58.960s 0.639s
15 Colin Turkington Team BMR Subaru 58.997s 0.676s
16 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 59.007s 0.686s
17 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 59.014s 0.693s
18 Jack Goff WSR BMW 59.040s 0.719s
19 Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 59.055s 0.734s
20 Kelvin Fletcher Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 59.080s 0.759s
21 Mat Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford 59.149s 0.828s
22 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 59.236s 0.915s
23 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 59.339s 1.018s
24 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 59.368s 1.047s
25 Rob Collard WSR BMW 59.380s 1.059s
26 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford 59.428s 1.107s
27 Tony Gilham Team Hard Toyota 59.530s 1.209s
28 Mark Howard Team BKR Volkswagen 59.717s 1.396s
29 Alex Martin Team Parker Racing Ford 59.914s 1.593s
30 Matt Simpson Speedworks Motorsport Honda 1m00.615s 2.294s
31 Michael Epps Team Hard Toyota 1m10.976s 12.655s

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