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Snetterton: Sutton: MG good enough for front row

Triple Eight Racing's Ashley Sutton believes MG are good enough to reach the front row in qualifying, but would remain satisfied with a top-five slot at Snetterton.
Triple Eight Racing's Ashley Sutton believes MG are good enough to reach the front row in qualifying ahead of tomorrow's first British Touring Car Championship race, but would be content with a top-five slot at Snetterton.

Sutton arrives here as the latest winner of the BTCC having secured his first win in the series after taming the treacherous conditions during a rain-soaked third Croft race.

Despite his recent breakthrough and MG's previous race winning form around the Norfolk circuit, Sutton insists he hasn't changed his mind-set as the 22-year old focusses on prolonging his impressive turn of form.

"I never go into a round mindful of how the MG has gone in previous years. Last year it was a different car with different drivers. This year we've proved ourselves at Thruxton, what was supposed to be MG's worst track, and ended up in the top-five of the grid," said Sutton.

"Yes we had a bit of bad luck there but we were very quick and it was the same at Croft.

"I'm just going to do what I normally do. Yes it's a tick in a box. Yes I've got my first pole, podium and win all in one-year. I've done all the things I wanted to so now it's about focussing on being consistent and picking the results up. Points make prizes."

As for qualifying, while Sutton maintains the importance of fulfilling his aim to reach the top-five, the BTCC rookie harnesses the belief that a front-row grid slot is within reach.

The MG Triple Eight driver says knitting all three sectors together on what is the longest lap of the season will prove key in posting a good qualifying run.

"I'm always happy in the top-five because you're in the mix and out of the carnage. That always my aim to stay in the top-five," Sutton continued.

"If I can put it together and find the time the car is capable of a front-row. So that's going to be the aim but I'll be happy with anything in the top-five.

"It's such a long lap. A little mistake can cost you quite a bit. Trying to put all those sectors into one lap isn't the easiest thing. For instance, at Brands Hatch you've only got to do it for a minute while here is double that length."



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