Tom Ingram scores his first BTCC win in 2016 opener at Brands Hatch

Tom Ingram took his first British Touring Car Championship win in the opening race of the 2016 series at Brands Hatch on Sunday

Tom Ingram scores his first BTCC win in 2016 opener at Brands Hatch

The 22-year-old brought his Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis home 2.2 seconds clear of reigning champion Gordon Shedden and the sister Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type R of Matt Neal.

Ingram said: "That was emotional. It is unbelievable. We have put a lot of work into the car and this means so much. This is real."

Rookie Ash Sutton made a strong start to his career with the Triple Eight Racing MG6 team by grabbing fourth place after a strong getaway.

He fended off MG team-mate Josh Cook to the line after the latter had battled up through the pack.

Sam Tordoff, who had started his WSR BMW 125i M Sport in fourth place, was spun down the order after contact with his team-mate Rob Collard in the opening stages.

Collard bounced back for sixth place ahead of Team BKR VW driver Aron Smith, Mat Jackson in the best of the Motorbase Performance Fords, Adam Morgan's Ciceley Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class and WSR's third driver Jack Goff.

The new factory Subaru Levorg machines were in the wars with Colin Turkington retiring with damage and Warren Scott suffering a propshaft problem.

Jason Plato finished 20th and James Cole was 25th.

RESULTS - 27 LAPS

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 23m44.664s
2 Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda 2.284s
3 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 3.925s
4 Ash Sutton Triple Eight/MG MG 6.070s
5 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 6.423s
6 Rob Collard WSR BMW 7.908s
7 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BKR Volkswagen 10.314s
8 Mat Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford 11.720s
9 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 13.495s
10 Jack Goff WSR BMW 13.615s
11 Andrew Jordan Motorbase Performance Ford 14.596s
12 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 18.504s
13 Jake Hill Team Hard Toyota 18.769s
14 Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 22.825s
15 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 24.456s
16 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 24.640s
17 Matt Simpson Speedworks Motorsport Honda 24.953s
18 Andy Neate Dynamics/Honda Honda 25.157s
19 Martin Depper Eurotech Racing Honda 28.708s
20 Michael Epps Team Hard Toyota 29.142s
21 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 30.142s
22 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford 44.497s
23 Mark Howard Team BKR Volkswagen 49.253s
24 Chris Smiley Team Hard Toyota 1 Lap
25 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 2 Laps
- Colin Turkington Team BMR Subaru Retirement
- Kelvin Fletcher Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Retirement
- Hunter Abbott Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Retirement
- Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi Retirement
- Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota Retirement
- Alex Martin Team Parker Racing Ford Retirement
- Warren Scott Team BMR Subaru Retirement


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