Tom Ingram grabs lights-to-flag victory in race one at Snetterton

Tom Ingram secured his second win of the season with a lights-to-flag victory in the opening encounter of the day at Snetterton.

Ingram went largely untroubled after shaking off the attention of Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Dan Cammish early on to grab a hugely impressive win for his Team Toyota GB Toyota Corolla run by Speedworks Motorsport.

Cammish tried to swoop around the outside of Ingram’s Corolla as they went into turn one for the first time but couldn’t make it work. He managed to keep on Ingram’s tail for the first three laps – setting the fastest lap of the race at the same time but couldn’t find a way past the Team Toyota GB driver.

Ingram then started to stretch out a comfortable margin over the Honda driver and maintained that gap to take his second win of the season.

After the race, Ingram admitted that was ‘just how he wanted it’ and that ‘the car felt better’ than the old Avensis that Speedworks used to run.

“That was just how I wanted it; I didn’t want too much stress with that first one,” said Ingram. “Especially with starting from pole, I was happy to just get a good start, pull a gap and manage it from there. I was more than happy to make it a boring race, but it was a great race for us – great to get pole yesterday, great to convert it from that fantastic qualifying session, so it’s really exciting for us.

“It’s a massive step forward for the team and the car. We had that two-day tyre test here a couple of weeks ago and that was so important for us because we only get two 45-minute practice sessions on Saturday and by the time you scrub your tyres, you can’t change things around too much otherwise you’d run out of time – so the test was brilliant for us to check everything we wanted to check. The car felt better than the Avensis, so if we’re there already, then I’m well happy.”

Ingram’s first win of the season came in race three at Donington.

Cammish said: “I didn’t get the best of starts but it was similar to those around me. It looked close to start with, but then I just didn’t have enough in the car. I could see where Tom (Ingram) could drive and at the speed he could do it and I just couldn’t keep up. We had strong areas where we looked like we could pull it back a bit, but overall, he definitely had the faster package this morning.”

Sam Tordoff inherited third after Tom Chilton got a front left tyre puncture which caused him to go off the road at Coram and hit the tyre barrier.

“We’ll take that,” said Tordoff. “There was a bit of misfortune on Tom (Chilton’s) part but it’s a good start to the day with a podium and more points on the board. I just didn’t have the pace at the start there, it was like I didn’t have the soft tyre on, so we need to try and understand that a bit better but it’s a good start to the day.”

Championship leader Colin Turkington came home an impressive fourth on maximum ballast, extending his Championship lead to 35-points over teammate Andrew Jordan who finished fifth after getting the better of Jason Plato.

Jordan’s fifth place means he is now 35-points behind teammate Turkington in the Championship standing’s.

Rob Collard came home seventh with Ollie Jackson eighth and Matt Simpson ninth. Jake Hill came home 10th with Rory Butcher 11th.

Ashley Sutton finished a respectable 12th after qualifying 18th with Bobby Thompson 13th, Chris Smiley 14th and Daniel Rowbottom rounding out the points paying positions in 15th.
Aiden Moffat put in an impressive drive from 29th on the grid to finish 17th with Tom Oliphant just ahead of him.

Adam Morgan retired with a mechanical problem as did Matt Neal after contact with Jackson earlier in the race whilst Chilton crashed out after getting that front left puncture.

Header image from BTCC

By Jordan Hollands.

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