MG Racing RCIB Insurance are confident of continuing their consistent start to the season in the fourth round of the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at Oulton Park this weekend (4-5 June).
Currently running 3rd in the Manufacturers/Constructors standings and 4th in the Teams standings, the Triple Eight team have previously enjoyed a strong set of results with the MG6 GT at the Cheshire circuit and with the duo of Ash Sutton and Josh Cook performing strongly during all three rounds so far in 2016 the team are looking forward to more success from the outset at the Tarporley circuit.
Sitting 9th in the standings the Global Force Group and Select Fire backed driver Ash Sutton will carry 15kgs of success ballast into qualifying and the opening race. Firmly focused on remaining in the title picture, the 22 year old rookie driver is optimistic of podium results at the 2.69 mile island configuration. Ash is currently top of the Jack Sears Trophy table.
Meanwhile, Newpark Solutions and Cooksport sponsored driver 24 year old Josh Cook is targeting a return to the rostrum after taking his first podium of 2016 at Donington Park back in April. Another solid performance by the Bath based racer will keep him within touching distance of the championship hunt as the series heads towards the halfway point of the season. Josh will carry 9kg of ballast.
Live coverage of Sunday’s events will be shown on ITV4 and itv.com.
Quotes from the MG Racing RCIB Insurance drivers pre Oulton Park:
Ash Sutton: ‘I can't wait to get back behind the wheel of the MG6! Yes this is going to favourite the RWD cars with their massive advantage, but that only makes me even hungrier to get some strong results in the bag. Personally the car was on top form at Thruxton and the results didn't quite reflect that due to the bad start to the day in race one. We are always improving the car and still getting it dialled to suit me, but I am very pleased with the progress by the Triple Eight Guys so far. I love Oulton Park as a track, it is very narrow to the likes of others and people complain about the lack of overtaking places, but for me it is a fantastic track and always puts on a display of great racing. We are yet to get our first step on the podium but it won't be long!'
Josh Cook: ‘Despite a pretty unlucky start to the season, with either going off on dropped oil or getting collected by other people’s incidents, the pace we have had at every meeting this year is undeniable. I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in at Oulton Park, where hopefully our luck will change and we can get three solid results which reflect our pace and the Team’s hard work. It is a very technical circuit, but for me personally it holds great memories having secured my first win in 2008. I’m really interested to see how we can perform in our RCIB MG6’s, however we know the usual suspects will be at the sharp end so I’m looking forward to taking the fight to them!’
Written by Maddy Turner
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