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Ash Sutton set to challenge BTCC title contenders this weekend

Monday, July 24 2017

Rising Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship star Ash Sutton heads to Snetterton this weekend (29/30 July) as a genuine title contender, just 20 points - one race win - away from the championship lead.

Wins at Oulton Park and Croft have banished memories of a nightmare start to the season at Brands Hatch, but Ash is not letting this success get the better of him. "We all know how quickly it can change in the Touring Car world," he said. "It takes one bad race and suddenly you've lost out on 20 points, so I'm not going to get too carried away with it, I'm just going to continue as I've been going as it's been working that way."

Ash's season is eerily close to that of his Subaru predecessor Colin Turkington, who won at Oulton Park, Croft and Snetterton last year, and with Sutton's car topping the recent test at the Norfolk track, the omens look good for the weekend.

"I like Snetterton," Ash continued. "I think it's a real driver's track, you have to really hook up to get a good lap there and to stick it on pole requires you to be millimetre perfect in my eyes. If you can get the lap in qualifying you know you're onto a winner for the rest of the weekend and it's finding that ultimate pace in the car that's going to be the key. Obviously we had a great test and that was a confidence boost, we can have a strong weekend barring any problems."

With Honda's Gordon Shedden and the BMWs of Rob Collard and Turkington ahead on points, Ash is unsurprisingly looking to these teams as the biggest threat this weekend. "Honda especially when it comes to Snetterton has got fantastic car. Obviously our main rivals will always be BMW, being the other rear-wheel-drive car on the grid, but out of the front-wheel-drive cars you've also got the likes of Tom Ingram, he's always one that you can never rule out. There's a few cars and teams there that we have to keep an eye in the mirrors or on the timesheets and see what they're up to."

Whatever the outcome, Ash is enjoying his newly-found status as a title contender and with Snetterton being a short hop from his home town of Bishops Stortford, he's happy to be the home favourite this weekend. "Every championship I've gone into I've set my goals and actually achieved them up to this point, so to be on route to achieving a goal in my second year in the BTCC, I'm over the moon with it. It's a dream come true to get into Touring Cars, but then to be fighting for the championship with the likes of two and three-time champions, it's a privilege."

Tickets for the BTCC at Snetterton are available from £27 with free entry for under-13s. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.