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

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 28 53.425 0.000
2 31 Jack GOFF Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 25 54.067 0.642
3 3 Mat JACKSON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 26 54.106 0.681
4 5 Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 27 54.323 0.898
5 17 Dave NEWSHAM BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 25 54.476 1.051
6 33 Adam MORGAN Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 26 54.537 1.112
7 52 Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 17 54.568 1.143
8 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Chevrolet Cruze 28 54.574 1.149
9 2 Tom CHILTON Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 22 54.592 1.167
10 20 James COLE Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 20 54.726 1.301
11 24 Jake HILL TAG Racing Volkswagen CC 25 54.852 1.427
12 6 Rory BUTCHER Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 27 54.995 1.570
13 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 26 55.019 1.594
14 11 Rob AUSTIN Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis 12 55.197 1.772
15 7 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 25 55.425 2.000
16 12 Mike EPPS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 25 56.726 3.301
17 40 Árón TAYLOR-SMITH MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 29 56.746 3.321
18 99 Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 21 56.771 3.346
19 66 Josh COOK MG Racing RCIB Insurance MG6GT 26 57.036 3.611
20 116 Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 20 57.110 3.685
21 61 Will BURNS Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Volkswagen CC 22 57.159 3.734
22 4 Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 27 57.532 4.107
23 48 Ollie JACKSON AmDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 26 57.656 4.231
24 18 Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 18 57.905 4.480
25 77 Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 19 57.966 4.541
26 95 Stewart LINES Team Parker with Maximum Motorsport Ford Focus 31 57.990 4.565
27 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 58.056 4.631
28 25 Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 21 58.074 4.649
29 39 Brett SMITH Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R 21 58.157 4.732
30 30 Martin DEPPER Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo Ford Focus 32 58.348 4.923