Sutton on pole after tight qualifying

Ashley Sutton took pole at Silverstone in a qualifying session that ended in an anti-climatic five minute dash to the flag.

It was a tight qualifying session with the top twenty two drivers separated by less than a second but Sutton seemed to have things sorted out early on. After taking P1 in the second practice session, the rookie set his fastest time of the session on only his fourth lap around the Silverstone National circuit.

Working all session to try and snatch that pole away was Tom Ingram. The Speedworks driver came close, coming only three thousandths of a second slower than Sutton’s fastest time, but would have to make do with second place on the grid.

Outside the sharp end of the field, there was plenty of drama. Early in the session, the West Surrey Racing drivers of Rob Collard and Sam Tordoff came together. After the session, Tordoff explained that, after his own lap had been compromised, he backed off to allow team mate Jack Goff through. In doing so, he collided with Collard, who was alongside him, sending them both into a spin.

Both drivers managed to keep going and there was no need to stop the session. Yet.

That came later on, when Mark Howard ran wide at Copse with less than five minutes to go. The yellow flags turned to red and all the cars returned to the pits. There were plenty of drivers out of place on the provisional grid so a mad dash to the flag was expected when the clock was reset to five minutes.

That didn’t really happen, with few people drastically improving their times and plenty of times removed due to track limits.

The MG duo headed out together, with Josh Cook following behind provisional pole sitter Sutton. The tow didn’t help him improve though, and he took third place on the grid.

Colin Turkington will start out of place. He came into the weekend with a grid penalty that means he will start from the back of the grid, despite qualifying seventeenth.

Feature image credit: Caroline Rhea

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