Ingram flies to BTCC race two victory
Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram strode to a commanding victory in Round 5 of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, with Rob Collard and Ash Sutton rounding out the podium.
Ingram’s Toyota has proven a potent machine so far this term – already topping the charts with a victory at Brands Hatch. The Avensis has displayed the same pace here at Donington Park, finishing inside the top five in every session this weekend.
Four laps into race two, Ingram made his presence felt – taking advantage of inter-Team BMW battling to fire into second spot come the second tour.
Pole-sitter Aiden Moffat had started emphatically, pulling out a dozen car-lengths on the chasing pack with Rob Collard and Colin Turkington duelling either side of Rob Austin’s Avensis. Austin fell away to a non-finish after being shuffled down to tenth place after finding himself beached in the gravel.
Collard charged into second spot having taken the high ground in that duel with the inside line on the run down to the Old Hairpin. Ingram followed the Hampshire racer through past Austin, with Turkington’s sister BMW losing out, squeezed into fourth position.
Moffat’s Mercedes, on option rubber and carrying maximum ballast, began to lose the early ground that had been gained through a strong start. Ingram closed in at a rate of knots and made his move heading down through the Craners. From there, he was firmly in command – pulling out an eventual four-second lead come the chequered flag to best-of-the rest Collard. Laser Tools Racing’s man managed 14th and points, defending defiantly throughout.
It was only just best-of-the-rest for the experienced racer, though, as Ash Sutton – who had sensationally charged from 13th to 3rd – almost made a last-ditch move stick on the final lap. Collard though, would not be denied and a stoic defence into the Chicane ensured second spot would be his.
Sutton’s podium berth was all the more impressive given his lowly grid slot in the opening round. He was demoted to 31st as a result of exclusion for a technical infringement from Saturday’s qualifying session. The response has since been emphatic.
Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport’s Josh Cook was another climber. Starting an encouraging tenth, the lime-green Focus was steered as high as fourth after a string of precisely-executed manoeuvres. That result yielded another best-yet for Maximum colours, following hot on the heels of Cook’s seventh at Brands Hatch Indy.
The Halfords Yuasa Racing pairing came home line astern with Gordon Shedden sixth and Matt Neal seventh after a busy 16 lap contest.
New entrant for 2017, BTC Norlin Racing, produced its best result in the BTCC yet with eighth – enough for reverse grid pole position ahead of the final round of the day.
Jack Goff and Tom Chilton rounded out the top ten, the latter gaining significant ground – some 18 positions.
Story source BTCC.net.