Tom Ingram sets the early pace on a drying track at Knockhill

Tom Ingram sets the early pace on a drying track at Knockhill

Tom Ingram
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Tom Ingram emerged as the fastest driver in first practice for the British Touring Car Championship at Knockhill, with the Speedworks Motorsport driver putting in the top time in the final 30 seconds on a drying track.

The early pace-setter around the 1.27-mile circuit had been Subaru’s Ash Sutton, who initially posted a lap time of 57.110 seconds on a damp circuit, follow rain earlier in the morning.

The top time didn’t change until ten minutes to go, when Jason Plato put his Subaru at the top of the times with an effort of 56.771 seconds.

Throughout the final ten minutes the times then continued to tumble, with Dave Newsham, Ingram, James Cole, Jack Goff, Mat Jackson and Rory Butcher all enjoying brief spells at the top.

In the end Ingram prevailed and posted a lap that was over half a second quicker than Eurotech Racing’s Goff in second, ahead of Motorbase’s Mat Jackson in third.

BMW’s Rob Collard was the leading rear-wheel drive runner in fourth and the only other driver within a second of the pace.

Newsham ended up in fifth in his BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet, ahead of Cicley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan in sixth.

Local hero Gordon Shedden was seventh, ahead of BTC Racing’s Chris Smiley, Power Maxed Racing’s Tom Chilton and Subaru’s James Cole, who completed the top ten.

There remains a small risk of showers at Knockhill for the remainder of the weekend. Second practice takes place at 12:50 BST.

Session results

180Tom INGRAMSpeedworks MotorsportToyota Avensis2853.4250.000
231Jack GOFFEurotech RacingHonda Civic Type R2554.0670.642
33Mat JACKSONTeam Shredded Wheat Racing with DuoFord Focus2654.1060.681
45Rob COLLARDTeam BMWBMW 125i M Sport2754.3230.898
517Dave NEWSHAMBTC Norlin RacingChevrolet Cruze2554.4761.051
633Adam MORGANCiceley MotorsportMercedes-Benz A-Class2654.5371.112
752Gordon SHEDDENHalfords Yuasa RacingHonda Civic Type R1754.5681.143
822Chris SMILEYBTC Norlin RacingChevrolet Cruze2854.5741.149
92Tom CHILTONPower Maxed RacingVauxhall Astra2254.5921.167
1020James COLEAdrian Flux Subaru RacingSubaru Levorg GT2054.7261.301
1124Jake HILLTAG RacingVolkswagen CC2554.8521.427
126Rory BUTCHERTeam Shredded Wheat Racing with DuoFord Focus2754.9951.570
1316Aiden MOFFATLaser Tools RacingMercedes-Benz A-Class2655.0191.594
1411Rob AUSTINHandy MotorsportToyota Avensis1255.1971.772
157Stephen JELLEYTeam Parker with Maximum MotorsportFord Focus2555.4252.000
1612Mike EPPSAutoaid / RCIB Insurance RacingVolkswagen CC2556.7263.301
1740Árón TAYLOR-SMITHMG Racing RCIB InsuranceMG6GT2956.7463.321
1899Jason PLATOAdrian Flux Subaru RacingSubaru Levorg GT2156.7713.346
1966Josh COOKMG Racing RCIB InsuranceMG6GT2657.0363.611
20116Ashley SUTTONAdrian Flux Subaru RacingSubaru Levorg GT2057.1103.685
2161Will BURNSAutoaid / RCIB Insurance RacingVolkswagen CC2257.1593.734
224Colin TURKINGTONTeam BMWBMW 125i M Sport2757.5324.107
2348Ollie with Cobra ExhaustsAudi S32657.6564.231
2418Senna PROCTORPower Maxed RacingVauxhall Astra1857.9054.480
2577Andrew JORDANBMW Pirtek RacingBMW 125i M Sport1957.9664.541
2695Stewart LINESTeam Parker with Maximum MotorsportFord Focus3157.9904.565
27303Matt SIMPSONSimpson RacingHonda Civic Type R1558.0564.631
2825Matt NEALHalfords Yuasa RacingHonda Civic Type R2158.0744.649
2939Brett SMITHEurotech RacingHonda Civic Type R2158.1574.732
3030Martin DEPPERTeam Shredded Wheat Racing with DuoFord Focus3258.3484.923