Rockingham BTCC: Tom Ingram dominates free practice

Speedworks Motorsport driver Tom Ingram completed a clean sweep of fastest times in the two British Touring Car Championship practice sessions at Rockingham

Rockingham BTCC: Tom Ingram dominates free practice

Ingram recorded his fastest time in the morning's first practice, leading the way with a best lap of 1m22.995s in his Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis set midway through the first 40-minute session.

That left him three tenths of a second clear of Adam Morgan, although the Ciceley Racing driver improved his time in the final minutes of the session to finish 0.161 seconds shy of the session leader in his Mercedes A-Class.

Championship hopeful Ash Sutton was third fastest in his Team BMR Subaru Levorg, ahead of the Eurotech Honda Civic Type R of Jack Goff and AmD Tuning's Ant Whorton-Eales (Audi S3).

Ingram had briefly appeared in the top three of the second session only to be shoved down the order, but returned to the top of the timesheet inside the final 10 minutes of the session.

His lap of 1m23.277s knocked Goff off top spot and went unbeaten for the rest of the session.

"We're actually still far away from where we were [this morning]," said Ingram after the second practice session.

"The circuit actually seems to have taken a step back. For us here it's all about managing the tyres - it's such a hard place for them.

"Qualifying will be quicker than this but it still might not be as quick as [first] practice."

Ingram's FP2 effort also prevented a Civic 1-2-3 lockout in the session.

Goff held on to second in his Eurotech-run car, with factory Team Dynamics drivers Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal third and fourth in their respective Type Rs and both within two tenths of Ingram's session best.

Mat Jackson was fifth in his Motorbase Ford Focus, ahead of Aiden Moffat (Mercedes A-Class) Whorton-Eales, Morgan and Jason Plato - who was fastest of the factory Subaru Levorgs in the second session.

Team-mate Sutton set the 16th fastest time in FP2, four places ahead of points leader Colin Turkington.

Northern Irishman Turkington was 0.647s off the pace, having earlier finished FP1 in 13th in his WSR BMW 125i M Sport.

The second session was stopped briefly when Stewart Lines went off after the right-hand Chapman Curve 10 minutes in.

Lines stopped short of finding the Pif Paf gravel trap and, after help from the recovery crew to get back on track, returned unaided to the pits.

FP1 times

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 1m22.995s
2 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 0.161s
3 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 0.375s
4 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 0.494s
5 Ant Whorton-Eales AmD Tuning Audi 0.555s
6 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 0.570s
7 Dave Newsham BTC Racing Chevrolet 0.622s
8 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 0.632s
9 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 0.659s
10 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 0.718s
11 Tom Chilton Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 0.759s
12 Chris Smiley BTC Racing Chevrolet 0.774s
13 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 0.780s
14 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 0.824s
15 Jake Hill Team Hard Volkswagen 0.829s
16 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 0.832s
17 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing Ford 0.837s
18 Josh Price Team BMR Subaru 0.839s
19 Rory Butcher Motorbase Ford 0.898s
20 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 0.922s
21 Aron Taylor-Smith Triple Eight/MG MG 0.928s
22 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 1.006s
23 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 1.093s
24 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 1.128s
25 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 1.184s
26 Matt Simpson Dynamics/Honda Honda 1.299s
27 Martin Depper Motorbase Ford 1.345s
28 Brett Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 1.361s
29 Will Burns Team Hard Volkswagen 1.478s
30 Michael Epps Team Hard Volkswagen 1.586s
31 Rob Collard WSR BMW 1.600s
32 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford 2.794s

FP2 times

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 1m23.277s
2 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 0.088s
3 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 0.164s
4 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 0.199s
5 Mat Jackson Motorbase Ford 0.238s
6 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 0.302s
7 Ant Whorton-Eales AmD Tuning Audi 0.317s
8 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 0.354s
9 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 0.394s
10 Josh Price Team BMR Subaru 0.420s
11 Chris Smiley BTC Racing Chevrolet 0.430s
12 Rob Collard WSR BMW 0.437s
13 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 0.482s
14 Aron Taylor-Smith Triple Eight/MG MG 0.496s
15 Matt Simpson Dynamics/Honda Honda 0.528s
16 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 0.561s
17 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing Ford 0.576s
18 Tom Chilton Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 0.605s
19 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 0.637s
20 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 0.647s
21 Michael Epps Team Hard Volkswagen 0.700s
22 Dave Newsham BTC Racing Chevrolet 0.709s
23 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 0.794s
24 Rory Butcher Motorbase Ford 0.843s
25 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 0.872s
26 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 0.894s
27 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 0.910s
28 Jake Hill Team Hard Volkswagen 1.071s
29 Martin Depper Motorbase Ford 1.094s
30 Brett Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 1.135s
31 Will Burns Team Hard Volkswagen 1.140s
32 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford -


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