Triple Eight Racing BTCC
A DIFFICULT WEEKEND NORTH OF THE BORDER FOR MG
It was a difficult weekend for MG Racing RCiB Insurance over the weekend as the BTCC headed North of the border into Scotland's infamous Knockhill circuit, famous for its high kerbs and undulations, with Ash Sutton being the only point scorer following an 11th place finish in the opener after making his way up the order from his qualifying position of 13th. For Josh Cook it was a weekend to forget after he qualified 17th and dropped down one spot to finish 18th. 
 
The Fife venue has always been kinder to rear wheel drive machinery, so the MG6's front wheel drivetrain was always going to struggle, however the remainder of the day proved that incidents out of our control would shape the way the remainder of the weekend panned out, with the first of those incidents coming on lap nine in race two when Ash was forced to retire from the race after contact with Rob Austin's Toyota broke the rear suspension whilst running in 13th place. Meanwhile Josh brought the MG6 home just outside the points in 16th.
 
With Josh 16th on the grid for race three, the whole team remained optimistic that he could salvage a result, however it wasn't going to be that easy for Ash starting all the way down in 29th place.
 
After both drivers made a great start, disaster would strike once again for Ash after contact from another Toyota in the hands of Epps broke the rear suspension once again forcing him into the gravel trap on the opening lap as Josh moved up to 15th. There were two further places to be gained over the next few laps but contact on lap eleven would see the only remaining MG6 retire off the circuit at the hairpin bringing more misery to the whole team in pit lane.
 
Racing resumes for Rounds 22, 23 and 24 of the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Rockingham on 27/28 August
 



MG RCIB Insurance Racing Quotes:
 
Ash Sutton commented:  “'Firstly the efforts from the team to get the car ready in time after the Snetterton crash were outstanding and the boys have all worked their socks off to ensure we were out on the grid.  

“Knockhill hasn't been kind to us over the years and unfortunately it was the same this year! We knew it was going to be tough as we have one of the longest cars on the grid around on tightest circuit. We were also unsure on how the car was going to perform after the crash.

“Qualifying didn't quite go to plan as we would have liked to be up in the top 10 at least. This was the worst Qualifying session of the season so far so we were already on our back foot before we started. 

“For race one we maintained pace and managed to claw back some places finishing eleventh. Race two and three are ones to forget about. We were involved in two incidents, both contact to the rear of the car, breaking the rear geometry twice. This led to two DNF's. We are still at the top of the Jack Sears Trophy tables and it was nice to come away remaining in the lead after the passing of Gentleman Jack himself.”

 
 
 
Josh Cook commented:  “Another troubled weekend for us at Knockhill in the RCIB MG6 with our handling issues having followed us all the way to Scotland.
 
“Once again, credit to the team working overtime to replace components and change setups to try and cure our issue.
 
“Driving standards once again seemed to be fairly low which ended races on both sides of the garage, through no fault of our own. 
 
“Although a DNF in race three, we feel we made progress in identifying our issue.  I cannot wait to get to Rockingham to try and get us back up the grid where we belong!”
 
 
 
Written by Chris Chatters
Photos by Phil Laughton Photography
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