Tom Ingram comfortably wins reverse-grid third race

Tom Ingram comfortably wins reverse-grid third race

Photo: Ebrey/BTCC

Tom Ingram won a race on the opening day of the British Touring Car Championship for the third successive season courtesy of a reverse-grid success at Brands Hatch.

The result also means the Speedworks Motorsport driver takes a three-point advantage over Jack Goff (Eurotech Racing) to the next event at Donington Park on 28-29 April.

Pole-sitter Rob Austin made the best start, but was ultimately powerless to prevent the Toyota Avensis model he ditched ahead of 2018 from denying his Alfa Romeo Giulietta its maiden victory.

Austin was then bested by Adam Morgan’s Mercedes-Benz A Class at Paddock Hill Bend on the final lap of the race, but nevertheless took a first podium for the returning Italian marque.

Ashley Sutton repeated his forward momentum from the second race and secured fourth ahead of Team.HARD’s Mike Bushell, who put in a strong showing behind the wheel of the Volkswagen CC on his return to the championship.

Rory Butcher equally cemented a strong start to life between AmD and the MG6 GT with sixth, and Matt Simpson rounded out his strongest weekend to date in the series with seventh.

Jack Goff had looked likely to be Ingram’s closest challenger with a strong patch mid-race, but wilted as the contest endured and eventually took eighth.

A resurgent Colin Turkington came through from the rear of the field to take ninth, with Josh Cook rounding out the top ten in the Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra.

Team-mate and race two winner Senna Proctor ended up 15th with a full quota of success ballast, but conversely Matt Neal registered his first points of the weekend in the Honda Civic Type R FK7 with 12th.

It proved another frustrating contest for Turkington’s BMW team mates Andrew Jordan and Rob Collard, the former only able to manage P17 and the latter ended his weekend in the Druids gravel trap after contact with James Cole’s Ford Focus RS.

Double champion Jason Plato notably leaves the opening meeting without a point to his name, though team mate Sutton took his maiden title from the same situation this time last year.

Aiden Moffat will be disappointed with 21st after contact at Clearways with Bushell hampered his progress, and Jake Hill was never able to take advantage of his high grid placing after pulling in on the formation lap.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 27 23:52.580 49.012 11
2 33 Adam MORGAN MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 27 3.237 49.127 13
3 11 Rob AUSTIN DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta 27 4.202 49.409 1
4 1 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 27 8.939 49.161 12
5 21 Mike BUSHELL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 27 10.376 49.374 8
6 6 Rory BUTCHER AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG6 27 10.5 49.384 9
7 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 10.992 49.594 7
8 31 Jack GOFF WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 27 11.913 49.299 10
9 2 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 27 12.068 48.500 27
10 66 M Josh COOK Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 27 12.503 49.160 15
11 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 12.894 49.296 16
12 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 14.628 48.898 29
13 600 Sam TORDOFF Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 27 15.033 48.972 18
14 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 27 15.127 49.745 4
15 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 27 15.634 49.532 6
16 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 27 17.254 49.473 17
17 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 27 17.321 49.154 21
18 12 Tom BOARDMAN AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG6 27 20.438 49.964 3
19 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 27 21.777 49.277 22
20 15 Tom OLIPHANT Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 27 22.413 49.106 31
21 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 27 22.831 49.806 2
22 39 Brett SMITH WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 27 26.435 49.881 20
23 60 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 27 26.775 49.073 32
24 44 Michael CAINE Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 27 26.953 49.676 24
25 23 Sam SMELT AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 27 28.041 49.927 25
26 19 Bobby THOMPSON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 27 28.288 49.629 30
27 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 25 2 Laps 49.743 28
28 28 Josh PRICE Autoglym Academy Racing Subaru Levorg GT 25 2 Laps 49.431 23
29 24 Jake HILL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 24 3 Laps 49.529 5
R 14 James NASH BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 7 DNF 50.398 14
R 20 James COLE Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 1 DNF 1:02.820 19
R 5 M Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 1 DNF 1:03.291 26