Tom Ingram leads the way in first Snetterton practice

Tom Ingram leads the way in first Snetterton practice

Tom Ingram
Photo: Matt Sayle Photography

Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram set the early pace in first practice for the British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton, ahead of Subaru’s Ash Sutton in a relatively quiet session.

Ingram, who has dropped to fifth overall in the drivers’ championship standings, some 48 points away from leader Gordon Shedden, was just over a tenth clear of the Subaru of Sutton, having hit the top of the timesheets after 25 minutes of the 45-minute session.

Sutton also went to the top half of the times at the same stage, whilst Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan ended up in third, with all three drivers not improving at all in the second half of the sunny and dry session.

Andrew Jordan was the leading BMW driver in fourth, just nine thousandths of a second in front of team-mate Colin Turkington in fifth, the duo having improved in the second half of the session.

Eurotech Racing’s Jack Goff was sixth quickest, ahead of Handy Motorsport’s Rob Austin in seventh and an impressive showing by BTC Norlin Racing’s Chris Smiley in eighth, who improved late-on in the session.

Subaru’s James Cole was another late improver in ninth, and he was also the last driver to be within a second of the pace in an unusually spread out field. AmD Tuning’s Ollie Jackson completed the top ten.

Championship leader Gordon Shedden was just 20th in his fully ballast-laden Honda Civic, some 1.5 seconds off the pace.

Rob Collard, who is second in the standings, also struggled for pace in practice, giving his BMW just the 17th fastest time.

Árón Taylor-Smith, who is still recovering somewhat after his huge shunt at Croft in early June, was 22nd quickest in his repaired MG.

Second practice takes place at 12:10 BST, with qualifying following at 15:50 BST.

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 14 1:56.003 0.000
2 116 Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 14 1:56.105 0.102
3 33 Adam MORGAN Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 16 1:56.417 0.414
4 77 Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 15 1:56.423 0.420
5 4 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 13 1:56.432 0.429
6 31 Jack GOFF Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 1:56.550 0.547
7 11 Rob AUSTIN Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis 13 1:56.552 0.549
8 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 16 1:56.747 0.744
9 20 James COLE Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 16 1:56.986 0.983
10 48 Ollie JACKSON AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 15 1:57.028 1.025
11 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 1:57.032 1.029
12 99 Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 13 1:57.170 1.167
13 24 Jake HILL TAG Racing Volkswagen CC 9 1:57.196 1.193
14 17 Dave NEWSHAM BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 13 1:57.239 1.236
15 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 16 1:57.244 1.241
16 3 Mat JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 15 1:57.299 1.296
17 5 Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 14 1:57.322 1.319
18 12 Mike EPPS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 14 1:57.406 1.403
19 2 Tom CHILTON Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 13 1:57.559 1.556
20 52 Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 12 1:57.568 1.565
21 61 Will BURNS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 14 1:57.674 1.671
22 40 Árón TAYLOR-SMITH MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 15 1:57.756 1.753
23 18 Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 14 1:57.772 1.769
24 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 14 1:57.782 1.779
25 39 Brett SMITH Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 1:57.793 1.790
26 28 Josh PRICE Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 14 1:57.943 1.940
27 10 Ant WHORTON-EALES AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 16 1:58.158 2.155
28 66 Josh COOK MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 11 1:58.236 2.233
29 7 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 13 1:58.460 2.457
30 30 Martin DEPPER Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 14 2:00.461 4.458