Tom Ingram reigns supreme in Knockhill race three

Tom Ingram reigns supreme in Knockhill race three

Tom Ingram
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Tom Ingram claimed a comfortable win in the final British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Knockhill, winning ahead of Gordon Shedden and Colin Turkington despite two safety car interventions.

Ingram took the lead from reverse-grid pole-sitter Ant Whorton-Eales on the second lap of the race when the AmD Tuning driver appeared to suffer from a failure on the left-rear corner of his car as he went through the chicane.

Speedworks Motorsport’s Ingram then went on to build up a huge nine-second lead, before a safety car period on lap 18 was required when Ollie Jackson briefly stopped his AmD Audi on the exit of the hairpin.

After a brief restart period, a second safety car period was then required as Team HARD’s Will Burns buried his car in the barriers at the hairpin.

Neither interruption caused Ingram any undue stress as he managed two successful restarts to claim his third win of the season and remain with an outside shot of the title at 61 points adrift leaving Scotland.

Honda’s Shedden took second, having worked his way up into the position by lap six after early passes on brother-in-law Rory Butcher and BTC Racing’s Dave Newsham.

Turkington was the leading BMW racer in third, making it three third-place finishes out of three races, whilst his team-mate Rob Collard finished down in 11th place after falling off the circuit on lap 26, having been as high as second just after the half-way stage of the race.

Three podiums in a row means that Turkington leaves Knockhill as the new leader of the championship with a four-point margin heading into the next meeting at Rockingham.

Ash Sutton headed a Subaru trio in fourth, with team-mates James Cole and Jason Plato finishing in fifth and sixth respectively.

Motorbase’s Mat Jackson had a strong race to come through from 16th on the grid to take seventh, ahead of Honda’s Matt Neal in eighth, who made up 14 places after his race two retirement saw him start from 22nd.

Scottish duo Rory Butcher and Newsham completed the top ten, the former having admitted to being surprised by the aggressiveness of touring car racing as he slipped from second on the grid to tenth.

Turkington leaves Knockhill with 265 points ahead of Sutton on 261 and Shedden on 253.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 27 26:33.852 52.045 3
2 52 M Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 1.167 52.565 5
3 4 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 27 1.556 52.266 8
4 116 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 27 4.172 52.147 10
5 20 M James COLE Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 27 4.463 52.384 6
6 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 27 5.179 52.789 9
7 3 Mat JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 27 5.538 52.682 16
8 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 5.784 52.460 22
9 6 Rory BUTCHER Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 27 6.333 52.750 2
10 17 Dave NEWSHAM BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 27 7.193 52.979 4
11 5 M Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 27 7.614 52.367 7
12 30 Martin DEPPER Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 27 9.215 53.074 11
13 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 27 9.316 52.134 31
14 303 M Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 9.775 52.845 13
15 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 27 10.407 53.352 15
16 31 Jack GOFF Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 10.73 52.580 24
17 33 Adam MORGAN Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 27 11.091 52.686 26
18 2 M Tom CHILTON Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 27 12.152 52.822 12
19 39 Brett SMITH Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 12.89 52.457 18
20 11 Rob AUSTIN Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis 27 13.059 52.950 28
21 7 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 27 16.267 53.492 27
22 24 Jake HILL TAG Racing Volkswagen CC 27 17.095 52.677 25
23 12 Mike EPPS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 27 18.503 53.439 17
24 40 M Árón TAYLOR-SMITH MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 27 18.727 52.858 23
25 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 27 24.014 52.855 29
26 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 26 1 Lap 52.771 14
27 10 Ant WHORTON-EALES AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 25 2 Laps 52.188 1
28 95 Stewart LINES Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 25 2 Laps 53.680 21
29 66 Josh COOK MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 24 3 Laps 52.990 30
R 61 Will BURNS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 19 DNF 53.158 20
R 48 Ollie JACKSON AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 15 DNF 52.987 19
R 28 M Josh PRICE A-Plan Academy Subaru Levorg GT 8 DNF 54.091 32