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Reigning champion Ash Sutton described his Sunday as a ‘breakthrough’ from qualifying sixth and leaving Knockhill with the championship lead.

The Laser Tools Racing driver had a difficult weekend at Oulton Park with just a five-point lead on Tom Ingram.

He qualified sixth on Saturday, the best across the three Infiniti Q50 entries from the team.

The two-time champion progressed better in Sunday’s races, charging to victory in the second outing.

“We’ve extended the lead regardless,” he said after claiming more points over Tom Ingram and Colin Turkington.

“If we look back to Saturday, and look where we are now, it’s been been a mega weekend.

“Just glad I woke up on the right side of the bed this morning, that’s what I’m gonna say.”

After qualifying just ahead of his teammate Aiden Moffat, Sutton made the most to finish just outside the podium positions.

“[The] breakthrough was good. Race 1 was good. It’s just trying to damage limitation, but we somehow scored our way up to 4th and outscoring some key people.

“Tom [Ingram], we were never going to outscore – he should have ultimately won the (final) race, which he did. That’s what we kind-of knew anyway, he had the pace in the car to do that.

“I think it was the best job we could do in the circumstances.

“We keep extending that points [margin] every weekend so whether it’s one point or 10, we’re extending it, that’s what matters.”

He finished the Knockhill weekend with three strong points finishes including a race victory which saw him charge to the front and take opportune of a mistake by Turkington.

Rounds 16-18 bring the British Touring Car Championship back to Thruxton since the season-opener where Ash Sutton qualified on pole and ended up taking victory in Race 3.

Sutton now leads 14 points over title rival Tom Ingram (158 pts) in the standings.

The duo will return to the Hampshire circuit on 28-29 August albeit with the most weight ballasts in the field for qualifying and Race 1.

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