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Tom Ingram doubles up amid wet weather conditions at Snetterton

Tom Ingram finished the afternoon session fastest to register a perfect score on day one of the mid-season Dunlop tyre test at Snetterton, despite wet weather hampering the progress of some around the 2.99 mile circuit.

The Speedworks Motorsport pilot clocked a best lap time of 2:14.990 amid his 26 tours of the circuit, edging out impressive rookie Michael Epps by 0.733 seconds, with Adam Morgan, Aron Smith and defending champion Gordon Shedden rounding out the top five.

Despite being 1.2 seconds off the pace, it represents the first time Halfords Yuasa Racing have run competitively in some weeks, with the team enduring a frustrating triple header at Croft a fortnight ago.

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Silverline Subaru BMR Racing had a better run than in the morning session, though surprisingly it was James Cole leading the line for the works outfit in 8th, with team-mates Jason Plato and Colin Turkington slightly further down the timesheets in 13th and 14th respectively.

Championship leaders West Surrey Racing found the afternoon less productive, with just 21 laps in total between Sam Tordoff and Rob Collard, whilst Jack Goff was unable to set a time in the third BMW 125i M-Sport.

Similarly, MG RCIB Insurance Racing elected to sit out the afternoon’s running due to the wet conditions.

Despite only clocking six laps in total, Andrew Jordan completed a strong day of running to finish 9th, having finished as runner-up in the drier conditions earlier in the day. Aiden Moffat also impressed with a brace of top ten classifications in the Mercedes A-Class.

Hunter Abbott scored the only other result of note as he finished the afternoon 7th, with team-mate Kelvin Fletcher 19th, and one of the Power Maxed racers will hand over the reigns of the Chevrolet Cruze to Volkswagen Cup leader Bobby Thompson for tomorrow as the latter makes his debut running in an NGTC car with a view to securing a move onto the TOCA package of championships next campaign.

The test allows Dunlop to gain a broad range of data about their potential tyre compounds for the 2017 season over a wide range of fuel loads, weight allocations, chassis models and compounds. Similarly, teams are able to use the time to familiarize themselves with the circuit ahead of the BTCC’s next three rounds in late July.

The second day at Snetterton gets underway tomorrow morning at 09:00, with entry to the Norfolk venue free to spectators and live timing available via TSL.

Session results

1 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 26 2:14.990 0.000
2 12 Mike EPPS RCIB Insurance Racing Toyota Avensis 9 2:15.723 0.733
3 33 Adam MORGAN WIX Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 37 2:15.818 0.828
4 40 Árón SMITH BKR Volkswagen CC 33 2:15.909 0.919
5 52 M Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 12 2:16.251 1.261
6 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 25 2:16.843 1.853
7 53 Hunter ABBOTT Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Cruze 32 2:17.210 2.220
8 20 M James COLE Silverline Subaru BMR Racing Subaru Levorg GT 31 2:17.220 2.230
9 77 Andrew JORDAN Motorbase Performance Ford Focus 6 2:17.348 2.358
10 23 Daniel LLOYD Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 19 2:17.462 2.472
11 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD Tuning Audi S3 11 2:17.501 2.511
12 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 2:18.116 3.126
13 99 M Jason PLATO Silverline Subaru BMR Racing Subaru Levorg GT 10 2:18.142 3.152
14 4 M Colin TURKINGTON Silverline Subaru BMR Racing Subaru Levorg GT 9 2:18.171 3.181
15 30 Martin DEPPER Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 2:18.188 3.198
16 55 Jeff SMITH Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 19 2:18.272 3.282
17 303 Matt SIMPSON Speedworks Motorsport Honda Civic Type R 21 2:18.909 3.919
18 100 C Rob COLLARD Team JCT600 with GardX BMW 125i M Sport 12 2:19.070 4.080
19 84 Kelvin FLETCHER Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Cruze 27 2:19.704 4.714
20 14 Alex MARTIN Dextra Racing with Team Parker Ford Focus 18 2:19.867 4.877
21 600 C Sam TORDOFF Team JCT600 with GardX BMW 125i M Sport 9 2:19.881 4.891
22 95 Stewart LINES Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 21 2:20.451 5.461
23 38 Mark HOWARD BKR Volkswagen CC 23 2:21.882 6.892
24 39 M Warren SCOTT Silverline Subaru BMR Racing Subaru Levorg GT 4 No time N/A
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