Ashley Sutton secured a hard-fought podium place in race three at Croft to remain clear at the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship summit
Ashley Sutton secured a hard-fought podium place in race three at Croft to remain clear at the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship summit.
The Bishop's Stortford driver, who competes for Laser Tools Racing, was third in the reverse-grid contest having already earned fifth- and sixth-place finishes.
Defending champion Sutton, 27, stepped onto the podium for the seventh time this season as he ended the weekend on a high.
The former Birchwood High School student is 29 points clear at the top of the standings going into this weekend's action at Silverstone.
Behind Sutton, Jake Hill, Colin Turkington, Josh Cook and Tom Ingram are separated by just eight points as the quartet look to hunt him down with nine races of the season remaining.
“It’s been another solid points collecting weekend and to come away from Croft still 29 points in the lead of the championship is mega," said Sutton.
“Race one went as planned by moving up the order despite carrying full weight, however I had hoped for a bit more in race two. It all got a bit out of hand at times in terms of the amount of contact that was being dished out and although I had the hunger to move further forward, fifth was the best we could manage.
“To come away with a podium in race three was good. I clouted the kerb at turn one on the first lap and from then on I had a big vibration on the right front which I had to manage. I had a couple of goes on Gordon [Shedden, Halfords Racing with Cataclean] but I couldn’t prize open a gap; third with the fastest lap is a great result.
“I’ve got to give a huge amount of credit to everyone at Laser Tools Racing though, it has been an epic weekend for the team. I’m really happy for Aiden [Moffat, Laser Tools Racing team-mate] getting pole, a win and a second and Carl [Boardley, LTR] also as he won the Jack Sears Trophy - we’ve got some real momentum behind us now!
"[Silverstone] is a circuit I enjoy and carrying the weight won't hurt us as bad as it does at other circuits so I'm optimistic I can score big."