Knockhill BTCC: Tom Ingram wins reversed grid race ahead of Shedden

Tom Ingram won the third British Touring Car Championship race at Knockhill, surviving two safety car periods to claim his first victory since April's Donington Park round

Knockhill BTCC: Tom Ingram wins reversed grid race ahead of Shedden

Ant Whorton-Eales started on pole in his AmD Tuning Audi S3 and held the lead at the start, with Speedworks Motorsport driver Ingram jumping his Toyota Avensis ahead of Motorbase's Rory Butcher for second on the run to the first corner.

Whorton-Eales survived an attack from Ingram at the Clark's right-hander on the opening tour, but relinquished the lead less than a lap later after a wayward moment at the chicane.

That handed Ingram the lead from the BTC Racing Chevrolet Cruze of Dave Newsham, Butcher - who inadvertently hit the rear of Whorton-Eales as the Audi rejoined the track - and Honda's Gordon Shedden.

After a feisty scrap with brother-in-law Butcher, Shedden dragged his factory-backed Civic Type R past the Motorbase Ford along the pit straight on lap five before clearing Newsham at the hairpin a tour later.

But by the time Shedden had worked his way into second, he found himself more than five seconds behind race leader Ingram - a gap that only extended thereafter.

Instead of catching the Toyota, Shedden was forced to defend from the two WSR BMW 125i M Sports of Rob Collard and Colin Turkington - who had also cleared Newsham and Butcher.

Collard worked his way past Shedden on the start/finish straight and into Duffus Dip, only for Shedden to return the favour at Clark - forcing Collard out wide and behind Turkington.

Ingram had meanwhile extend his advantage north of nine seconds, but that lead was wiped out moments later when the safety car took to the track after Ollie Jackson stopped out on track in the second AmD Audi S3.

A swift recovery meant racing resumed a lap later, but while Ingram made a lightning getaway on the restart, his lead was again wiped out when the safety car made its second appearance to allow for Will Burns's Team Hard Volkswagen CC to be retrieved.

Two laps of the extended 27-lap distance remained, but Ingram again accelerated well down to the hairpin on the second restart to prevent offering Shedden any sniff of the lead.

The 23-year-old eventually grabbed his third win of the season by 1.167 seconds, with Shedden a relieved third after resisting championship leader Turkington.

Ash Sutton cleared team-mate James Cole to end up best of the Team BMR Subaru Levorgs in fourth, with Cole completing a hat-trick of fifth-place finishes at the Scottish circuit ahead of the third Levorg of race one winner Plato.

Mat Jackson came home seventh in his Motorbase Ford Focus ahead of a charging Matt Neal - up from 22nd on the grid - while Butcher and Newsham wound up ninth and 10th.

Collard went off for a second time after the second restart, and brought his BMW home in 11th.

Result - 27 laps

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 26m33.852s
2 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 1.167s
3 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 1.556s
4 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 4.172s
5 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 4.463s
6 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 5.179s
7 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 5.538s
8 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 5.784s
9 Rory Butcher Motorbase Ford 6.333s
10 Dave Newsham BTC Racing Chevrolet 7.193s
11 Rob Collard WSR BMW 7.614s
12 Martin Depper Motorbase Ford 9.215s
13 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 9.316s
14 Matt Simpson Dynamics/Honda Honda 9.775s
15 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 10.407s
16 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 10.730s
17 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 11.091s
18 Tom Chilton Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 12.152s
19 Brett Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 12.890s
20 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 13.059s
21 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing Ford 16.267s
22 Jake Hill Team Hard Volkswagen 17.095s
23 Michael Epps Team Hard Volkswagen 18.503s
24 Aron Taylor-Smith Triple Eight/MG MG 18.727s
25 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 24.014s
26 Chris Smiley BTC Racing Chevrolet 1 Lap
27 Ant Whorton-Eales AmD Tuning Audi 2 Laps
28 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford 2 Laps
29 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 3 Laps
- Will Burns Team Hard Volkswagen Retirement
- Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi Retirement
- Josh Price Team BMR Subaru Retirement


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