Silverstone BTCC: Tom Ingram reignites title bid with win from 15th

Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis driver Tom Ingram reignited his title hopes with a stunning victory in the second race of the British Touring Car Championship weekend at Silverstone

Silverstone BTCC: Tom Ingram reignites title bid with win from 15th

The reigning Independents Trophy holder started the race in 15th place after struggling in race one but, free from any success ballast and with the preferable softer tyres on the car, zoomed through the order to break into the top three after only six of the 22 laps.

Those ahead had more weight and Ingram capitalised with a strong exit from Becketts on lap seven to power ahead of the Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz of Adam Morgan, which was in the middle of passing the 66kg-heavy Motorbase Ford Focus of Tom Chilton.

Ingram was then able to set off after leader Sam Tordoff, who had started his Motorbase Focus from pole with 75kg of success ballast. Ingram again used superb traction out of Becketts to pull alongside his rival on the run towards Brooklands and went around the outside to take the lead.

"That was a really special win, and it was what we needed," said Ingram.

"We took the pain of the weight and the harder tyres in race one, and then we had to go on the attack because we had lost points to our rivals.

"With the calibre of the field, you can take nothing for granted and I was pushing all the way. The car was a rocketship."

The win means that Ingram has closed the gap to points leader Colin Turkington in his WSR BMW 125i M Sport, which had hard tyres for the race and came home in eighth spot in the end. Ingram is just 36 points adrift.


Morgan was delighted with second place, but he knew that he could do nothing about Ingram.

"He was flying, and it was a question of letting Tom past at a spot where I wouldn't lose too much time and then try to hang on to him - but I just couldn't do it," Morgan explained.

What Morgan could do though was to jump Tordoff into Copse midway through. Tordoff was nevertheless pleased with third.

"It was like I was in a different race to those with no weight on their cars," he said.

"I saw Tom Ingram coming up into second place and I pushed as hard as I could and then he was right on my back bumper.

"There was no way I could hold him off - but a first and then third with 75kg on board is as perfect as it could be."

Behind Tordoff, Ricky Collard maintained his good form with fourth place, fending off a queue of cars including Matt Simpson, Jack Goff and Aiden Moffat.

Moffat was drawn on pole for the reversed grid final encounter later on Sunday afternoon.

Race two results

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Tom Ingram Speedworks Toyota 21m50.946s
2 Adam Morgan Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 6.412s
3 Sam Tordoff Motorbase Ford 7.921s
4 Ricky Collard WSR BMW 8.019s
5 Matt Simpson Simpson Racing Honda 10.840s
6 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 11.883s
7 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 12.318s
8 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 12.391s
9 Rob Austin HMS Racing Alfa Romeo 12.875s
10 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 13.096s
11 Tom Oliphant Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 15.916s
12 Josh Cook Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 16.577s
13 Tom Chilton Motorbase Ford 17.449s
14 Matt Neal Team Dynamics Honda 17.719s
15 Dan Cammish Team Dynamics Honda 18.652s
16 Rory Butcher AmD Tuning MG 18.726s
17 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 19.197s
18 Chris Smiley BTC Norlin Honda 19.717s
19 Daniel Lloyd BTC Norlin Honda 20.353s
20 Ethan Hammerton Team Hard Volkswagen 22.123s
21 Brett Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 22.431s
22 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 22.967s
23 Ollie Pidgley Team Hard Volkswagen 23.377s
24 Mike Bushell Team Hard Volkswagen 23.519s
25 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 24.541s
26 Sam Smelt AmD Tuning Audi 25.602s
27 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 35.954s
28 James Cole Motorbase Ford 37.712s
- Josh Caygill AmD Tuning MG Retirement
- Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing BMW Retirement
- Bobby Thompson Team Hard Volkswagen Retirement


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