Sutton On Pole As Neal Brings Out The Red Flag

A busy qualifying session at Knockhill as 25 cars were separated by just 1.2 seconds.

With Knockhill circuit favouring rear wheel drive cars, Tom Ingram decided to rewrite the rule book and sat in pole position for most of the first quarter of the session. Ingram had a wild moment coming out of the chicane sliding across the track on the damp grass, narrowly avoiding the barrier ultimately lining up fifth for tomorrows first race.

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Local driver Rory Butcher put his Ford Focus ahead of Ingram, not long after Sutton roared into pole with a lap two tenths quicker then Butcher. Colin Turkington timed his lap to perfection putting in the third fastest time seconds before the red flag came out, Matt Neal spinning at the chicane. Unlike Ingram he couldn’t save it and spun round into the tyre wall, with extensive damage the red flag was called with seven minutes remaining. Neal’s previous lap was good enough to see him start ninth in race one.

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All the cars raced out of the pit lane minus Dan Cammish who chose to sit the remaining seven minutes out, he will line up fourth, very few improved at the front end of the grid. The only driver to gain was Jake Hill rocketing the Honda Civic up to second place just 0.053 seconds shy of Sutton. The other Infiniti Q50 of Aiden Moffat came home eighth his best qualifying this season as he gets to grips with the rear wheel drive. Another stand out performance came from Mike Bushell putting the Power Maxed Astra in seventh as he looks to continue his strong practice pace.

Three races will take place tomorrow at Knockhill, these can be watched live on ITV 2 (not 4!) coverage starting at 10:40am.

Full qualifying results can be found here:

https://www.tsl-timing.com/file/?f=TOCA/2020/203503qu1trg.pdf