BTCC: Sutton claims Infiniti’s first pole position at Knockhill

Ash Sutton secured his sixth career pole position during qualifying ahead of the 10th round of the British Touring Car Championship at the Knockhill Racing Circuit.

There were bitter temperatures and dry track conditions for qualifying at Knockhill as all but one driver were covered by one second.

Sutton took his first pole position of 2020, and a first for the new Infiniti Q50, setting a time of 50.535s.

Heading into Race 1 with a 54 Kg success ballast, he said: “It’s great to get the first Infiniti Q50 pole position – it wasn’t easy.

“This is our perfect opportunity – we’ve not been in this position yet this year so this is our prime time to do something about that gap/points difference between us (Turkington – in the standings).”

Jake Hill was 0.053s behind in his front-wheel drive FK2 Honda Civic Type R with a personal best qualifying performance.

He was followed by championship-leader Colin Turkington with a 50.618s, who will be running with the maximum 60 Kg success ballast into Race 1.

Dan Cammish set a time of 50.716s in fourth, ahead of Tom Ingram, who spun on the grass after one of his best runs and escaped any damage to his Corolla.

Rory Butcher set a time of 50.805s for sixth position.

In seventh position was Mike Bushell for Power Maxed Car Care Racing with a lap time of 50.842s, 0.037s behind Butcher’s time.

Aiden Moffat posted a best lap time of 50.921s for eighth, almost four-tenths away from his teammate on pole.

Matt Neal secured ninth but had a crash with the tyre barrier after the chicane, when he lost the rear-end of his FK8 Civic Type R.

A red flag was deployed with just over seven minutes to go, but the session continued shortly afterwards.

Tom Oliphant, Turkington’s teammate, posted a time of 50.934s to finish off the top-10 qualifiers.