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2017 British Touring Car champion Ash Sutton has said that his Laser Tools Racing Infinity Q50 car is “phenomenal” after a strong opening weekend.

Sutton was in imperious form at the opening round of the season at Donington last weekend, and although he won the final race, he could have won more had he not been involved in an incident in the first race.

Whilst battling for the lead with BMW driver Colin Turkington, Sutton lost out to Dan Cammish and was then knocked off the circuit by Turkington moments later.

That incident dropped Sutton to the back of the grid, but he managed to work his way back up through the order to finish 14th.

In the second race, the Laser Tools Racing driver showed off the potential of his Infinity Q50, carving his way up the order to finish an impressive fifth, having started 14th, and he won the final race by over two seconds despite starting eighth.

After such an impressive opening weekend, Sutton appears to have a car capable of fighting for the championship and he believes it is the best BTCC car he has ever driven.

Speaking about his weekend, he said: “This is just what we needed.

“The car gives me a hell of a lot of confidence and it’s allowing me to do these things. I’m over the moon with that.

‘As long as we can keep this momentum going, I know I’ve got the best team behind me with Laser Tools Racing and BMR Engineering.

“I couldn’t ask for a better outfit. The car is absolutely phenomenal.

“I feel at home in it, it’s the best I’ve ever felt in a car so we’re ticking a lot of boxes here.”

After the opening three races, Sutton is tied for third in the driver’s standings with Rory Butcher.

Both drivers are on 37 points, nine behind the championship leader, reigning BTCC champion Turkington.

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