After a disappointing first race of the day which saw Colin Turkington increase his Championship lead, Tom Ingram came from fifteenth on the grid to win the second race of the day – closing the deficit to Turkington to just thirty-six points.
The drama started before the race had even started when Ashley Sutton pulled into the pits at the end of the warm up lap with a problem with his Adrian Flux Subaru.
Race one winner Sam Tordoff got off to a great start and held on to the lead from Tom Chilton and Ricky Collard with the rest of the field running side-by-side for much of the first lap.
On lap four, Ingram made his way around the outside of Colin Turkington at Brooklands, a move that could prove pivotal in the Championship come the end of the season.
Ingram then got a great run out of Becketts and overtook both Adam Morgan and Tom Chilton, moving him up to second position on lap seven. Ingram was pushing very hard, setting fastest lap after fastest lap and two laps later, he pulls off a similar move on race leader Tordoff who put up a strong fight as the pair went side-by-side through Brooklands. However, with maximum ballast, he was always fighting a losing battle.
Four laps later on lap fourteen, Adam Morgan had closed the gap to Tordoff and was applying the pressure. Morgan put his nose up the inside at Luffield and out-dragged the Pink Focus RS of Tordoff as they went into Copse moving him up to second.
Brett Smith tried going up the inside of Stephen Jelley at Copse on lap fifteen which sent Jelley into the gravel, ending his race. A yellow flag came out at Copse whilst the marshals were recovering Jelley’s BMW.
Ingram continued to stretch out the gap to Morgan and went onto win comfortably from Adam Morgan with Sam Tordoff coming a very respectable third with maximum ballast. Ricky Collard came home fourth with Matt Simpson crossing the line fifth – another strong result for the former Eurotech man. Jack Goff was sixth, followed home by Aiden Moffat – who will start on pole for the reverse grid race three. Colin Turkington collected more Championship points, coming eighth with Rob Austin ninth and Senna Proctor tenth.
Speaking after the race, Tom Ingram said, “Wow! What a car! We said that we were going to have a rocket ship before that race with the weight taken out of her. With the calibre of drivers we have in the BTCC, you can’t think you have anyone beaten – we have some of the best drivers in the world and some of the best teams around so we never look at anybody and think we can beat them. We know we’ve got a good car, we know we’ve got a great bunch of guys around us, so you’re always incredibly pumped for it.”
He continued, “We lost points to a lot of people in the first race just because we were on the hard tyre. We knew we’d lose a little ground to them in race one but we also knew we could make that back up in race two.”
Second place finisher Adam Morgan commented, “A P2 for us is fantastic, we keep ticking away and keep moving back up into Championship contention – so far, it’s been a really good day for us so as always, a massive thanks to everyone at Mac Tools. Tom (Ingram’s) car was just on rails, it was just a case of find a corner and let him through, so it didn’t cost us too much time and try and stick on the back of him, but once he got ahead, he was gone.”
Speaking about the overtake on Sam Tordoff, Morgan said, “I knew Sam had a bit of weight on so he’s fronts were probably wearing out and he just went a little wide in the last corner, and once you get your nose alongside there, it’s your corner but there was no contact so it was a nice clean move.”
Third place finisher Sam Tordoff admitted, “We’ll take third with all the weight on – it was a good race. It’s easier to race without weight than with it and those boys caught and past me within a lap. It was tricky but it obviously would be with all the weight, but we can proud to have finished third. Races one and two have been pretty much perfect but race three with 57kg of ballast and the slower hard tyre I’m not looking forward too.”
It’ll be interesting to see what happens in race three with Tom Ingram and Colin Turkington starting very close together after the reverse grid and Championship contenders Ashley Sutton and Andrew Jordan starting a long way down after their drama’s in the opening two races.
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By Jordan Hollands