Snetterton BTCC: Ingram clinches lights-to-flag race one victory

Tom Ingram grabbed a second victory of the season for the new Toyota Corolla in the opening British Touring Car Championship race at Snetterton, thanks to a commanding lights-to-flag run

Snetterton BTCC: Ingram clinches lights-to-flag race one victory

The Speedworks driver was slightly slower to react at the lights compared to front-row rival Dan Cammish, but was never genuinely threatened on the way to a three-second victory.

Despite both starting on the soft-compound tyre, Team Dynamics driver Cammish was carrying a further 18kg of success ballast over Ingram on a circuit that traditionally punishes heavier cars.

Cammish tucked in behind the Speedworks Toyota during the opening phase of the race and set the fastest lap, but then Ingram settled into a rhythm that was up to four tenths faster per tour.

With the Motorbase Ford Focus RS of Tom Chilton in tow, the leading trio began to break away from soft-shod Sam Tordoff in fourth and points leader Colin Turkington - opting for the medium tyre.

But it then dropped down to just a two-car lead battle when the front-left tyre on Chilton's car punctured through the high-speed Coram corner and he ploughed on into the tyre wall.

No safety car was required, leaving the remainder of the 12-lap race as a sprint between the two front-wheel drive competitors, with Ingram triumphant for his second victory of the season and the 11th for the reigning independent drivers' champion in the BTCC.

Tordoff was a distant third, over 4s behind Cammish in the AMD Tuning Honda Civic Type R, with Turkington the top medium-shod and rear-wheel drive runner in fourth place.

His WSR team-mate Andrew Jordan made a late lunge on Jason Plato for fifth place, clattering over the sausage kerbs at Nelson before sealing the position on the inside through the Bomb Hole.

Plato held off the fellow Vauxhall Astra of Rob Collard, with Ollie Jackson eighth after eliminating Matt Neal in the early stages thanks to an optimistic lunge down the inside, which appeared to damage Neal's steering.

Matt Simpson scored his best result of the year in ninth, ahead of top hard-tyre runner Jake Hill.

Rory Butcher was 11th from 2017 champion Ashley Sutton, while title contender and BTC Racing driver Josh Cook dropped back to 20th.

Aidan Moffat enjoyed a surprise upturn in form in the returning Infiniti Q50.

Despite qualifying just 29th, and although he was running on soft tyres among medium and hard-shod rivals, he climbed the car up to 17th place.

Race one results - 12 laps

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 23m26.771s
2 Dan Cammish Team Dynamics Honda 3.071s
3 Sam Tordoff AmD Tuning Honda 7.199s
4 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 12.499s
5 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 16.918s
6 Jason Plato Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 19.783s
7 Rob Collard Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 20.333s
8 Ollie Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford 20.492s
9 Matt Simpson Simpson Racing Honda 21.090s
10 Jake Hill Trade Price Cars Racing Audi 28.584s
11 Rory Butcher AmD Tuning Honda 29.419s
12 Ash Sutton BMR Racing Subaru 29.689s
13 Bobby Thompson Team Hard Volkswagen 33.946s
14 Chris Smiley BTC Racing Honda 34.871s
15 Daniel Rowbottom Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 36.178s
16 Tom Oliphant WSR BMW 44.997s
17 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Infiniti 45.475s
18 Jack Goff Team Hard Volkswagen 45.886s
19 Senna Proctor BMR Racing Subaru 46.199s
20 Josh Cook BTC Racing Honda 52.334s
21 Carl Boardley Team Hard Volkswagen 53.244s
22 Nicolas Hamilton Motorbase Performance Ford 53.834s
23 Mark Blundell Trade Price Cars Racing Audi 56.934s
24 Sam Osborne Excelr8 Motorsport MG 58.699s
25 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing BMW 1m03.242s
26 Rob Smith Excelr8 Motorsport MG 1m06.880s
27 Michael Crees Team Hard Volkswagen 1m41.591s
- Adam Morgan Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes Retirement
- Tom Chilton Motorbase Performance Ford Retirement
- Matt Neal Team Dynamics Honda Retirement

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