Silverstone: Sutton praises set-up changes after Silverstone pole

Ashley Sutton: We made a few improvements and managed to piece it together. Those changes helped and gave us the extra two-tenths we needed.
Triple Eight Racing's Ashley Sutton lauded the impact changes made to his MG6 GT from FP2, which helped guide the British Touring Car Championship rookie to his second pole position in the series at Silverstone.

Having set the pace during final practice prior to qualifying, Sutton successfully converted his promising form into his first pole position since Donington Park earlier this year after beating Tom Ingram by just 0.003s.

Despite topping the FP2 order, Sutton admitted he went into qualifying not totally satisfied with the balance of his MG but a series improvements created the two-tenths in performance he needed.

"I'm over the moon with that. The car wasn't quite right in FP2 so to still top the times in that session was good. We made a few improvements and managed to piece it together," Sutton told

"Those changes helped and gave us the extra two-tenths we needed. To do that lap without any slipstream was even better.

"We've made a few changes already this weekend just to get the car back in the working window. It seems to have paid off. The car is a bit different to what we're normally used to but fingers crossed that rolls on tomorrow."

Chasing his first win since Croft earlier in the year, Sutton is confident in harnessing a race set-up capable of keeping him ahead of the chasing pack.

A series of bad luck, triggered by incidents largely out of his control, has thwarted Sutton's charge since taking his first BTCC win back in June.

"The car is good here but we've also shown the car is good at its weak tracks this year. Bad luck hasn't helped either of us. Hopefully, being ahead of the carnage, we can crack on and bring home some good results," Sutton continued.

"I'm going for a good first solid race to get some points in the bag so hopefully we'll be carrying some ballast in race two.

"We've got a few tweaks up our sleeve which should help our race pace. We can be consistent, it's just whether we can find that sweet spot for racing."

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