BTCC Thruxton: Tom Ingram tops frantic qualifying session

Speedworks Toyota man Tom Ingram won a frantic battle for pole position for the opening British Touring Car Championship race at Thruxton tomorrow

BTCC Thruxton: Tom Ingram tops frantic qualifying session

Ingram swapped fastest times with points leader Matt Neal for much of the session, with the factory Honda Civic Type R driver also having to contend with 75kg of success ballast.

Ingram's first run was ruined when two of his lap times were disallowed for track limits infringements, but he fought back on his second run to grab the advantage from Neal with nine minutes remaining.

"I didn't think it was on the cards," said Ingram, who has two poles to his name this year.

"I knew we had an advantage with no success ballast on the car, but we just hooked everything up.

"We worked on the car over the free practice sessions and it reaped the rewards."

Scottish teenager Aiden Moffat was also impressive as he managed to usurp Neal too in his Ciceley Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

Behind Neal was the Triple Eight Racing MG pairing of Josh Cook and Ashley Sutton with Adam Morgan's Ciceley Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class completing the top six.

Behind Jeff Smith's Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R in seventh was Andrew Jordan (Motorbase Ford Focus) and Aron Smith's BKR VW CC. WSR BMW 125i M Sport racer Sam Tordoff rounded out the top 10.

Reigning champion Gordon Shedden was 11th, while the leading factory Team BMR Subaru Levorg was Colin Turkington in 13th spot.

RACE ONE GRID

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 1m16.161s
2 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 0.033s
3 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 0.086s
4 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 0.416s
5 Ash Sutton Triple Eight/MG MG 0.566s
6 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 0.650s
7 Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 0.665s
8 Andrew Jordan Motorbase Performance Ford 0.684s
9 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BKR Volkswagen 0.703s
10 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 0.726s
11 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 0.772s
12 Jack Goff WSR BMW 0.828s
13 Mat Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford 0.951s
14 Jake Hill Team Hard Toyota 1.076s
15 Daniel Lloyd Eurotech Racing Honda 1.091s
16 Martin Depper Eurotech Racing Honda 1.092s
17 Rob Collard WSR BMW 1.300s
18 Hunter Abbott Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 1.355s
19 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 1.368s
20 Michael Epps Team Hard Toyota 1.515s
21 Matt Simpson Speedworks Motorsport Honda 1.536s
22 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 1.719s
23 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 2.498s
24 Alex Martin Team Parker Racing Ford 2.544s
25 Kelvin Fletcher Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 2.667s
26 Mark Howard Team BKR Volkswagen 3.949s
27 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford 4.455s
28 Chris Smiley Team Hard Toyota -
1001 Colin Turkington Team BMR Subaru 0.928s
1002 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 1.483s
1003 Warren Scott Team BMR Subaru 2.718s
1004 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 2.984s


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