MG Triple Eight Racing's Ashley Sutton looks to cause a sensation as the British Touring Car Championship rookie puts himself in contention for a podium after qualifying fifth at Brands Hatch.

Sutton shares the third row of the grid with Josh Cook for the race one after out-qualifying his more experienced MG team mate at the first time of asking, in tricky conditions.

The 22-year old had already caused a stir at the Donington Park Media day after almost topping the test on his first official BTCC outing but isn't getting too carried away just yet.

"I would have been happy with P10 but we've bettered that and managed to get into the top-five. It's going to be a learning curve with the starts. I've only done a few practice starts," Sutton told

"It's going to be a case of settling in during the first couple of laps and cracking on. But it's gone great so far.

"Unfortunately, I only managed to get one flying lap in. The rest of it was either in the damp conditions or compromised by traffic at the end. But it was the same for everyone, it was just a case of who dealt with it best. Every lap I do I'm still learning. You never stop learning so I just want to get more laps under my belt."

As the MG racer prepares for his taste of BTCC combat, Sutton believes his main strength lies in his race-craft, rather than outright qualifying pace.

"I'm more of a racer than I am a qualifier so I'm looking forward to that. I'm expecting some 'love nudges' or some 'BTCC welcome nudges' shall we say! But that's part of it. They've got to put up with me and I've got to put up with them," Sutton continued.

"They don't know the way I drive but I also don't know the way they drive. I could surprise them with something and they could surprise me with something.

"Don't get me wrong, the podium is only two places up. We're mixing in with a combination of RWD and FWD. It's not going to be an easy but I think it's going to be an interesting one. A podium would be fantastic but we need some solid finishes and points. We're halfway there, we've just got to focus on getting the results in."



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